One Book, One Campus

See what is on the agenda for One Book One Campus, Spring Semester 2018


Reaching and Teaching Each Student for Equity

A picture of the cover of the book "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks"

Teaching Resources

LCCC Library Resource for Teaching “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”

  • A link to Libguide has been created to provide an overview of the book, and we encourage student /teachers to navigate this library source. This link provides a broad range of sources from scholarly articles through “One Search” to discussion materials such as “Teaching the Book” for suggested teaching topics.  

    If you have any questions about research and teaching sources on The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, please contact:

    Bethany Miller

    Bethany Miller, “One Book One Campus” Librarian
    (440) 366-7287

  • If you want to know about free copies for students and interdisciplinary curriculum regarding this book project, feel free to contact CTE.



“One Book, One Campus” provides the opportunity to create an interdisciplinary project to enhance equity on campus. CTE selects one book for a common reading experience to share with the LCCC campus community, including faculty, staff, and students. The project helps the LCCC strengthen its mission of raising the community’s awareness of equity issues. By reading one book, administrators, faculty, staff, and students can create a common ground for discussion on equity, which lead underrepresented students to unite academically through the sense of community. CTE facilitates book-discussion meetings, offers mini-lesson plan suggestions, and leads open forums in Fall 2017. In the following semester, we will organize a student essay competition and a campus-wide conference on the book to create the LCCC community’s sense of connectedness and mutual support.

One Book, One Campus for 2017-18: Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2010, Broadway Books)


About The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Henrietta Lacks, who has been known by “HeLa” cell to 20th-century scientists, became one of the most important contributions to modern medical science. Nevertheless, until the author, Rebecca Skloot, met them for this book, the Lacks family hadn’t heard about the significance of Henrietta Lacks’ “cell,” which was taken from Lacks’ body without her knowledge during her cancel treatment at the “colored” ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1951. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks investigates the less known history of medical experimentation on African Americans; questions the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; and tells a touching story of a daughter who was never able to find an answer about her mother because of the mother’s untimely death.


Watch the Book Trailer


One Book One Campus Student Competition

Students can submit their creative and academic works based on The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks for scholarship and prize competitions in Spring 2018. Works can include but not be limited to creative writing, film production, music, fine arts, dance, critical research essay, scientific research and culinary demonstration.

Submission Due: April 2, 2018
Exhibition of Student Works on One Book: April 16-20
Award Ceremony and Celebration Friday, April 20, 2018

Details will be announced in January 2018


Competition Submission Form

Print out the form below, complete it and attach it to your work before delivering it to CU 225

All projects must be submitted by Monday, April 2, 2018
Projects will be collected in CU 225 (Culinary Building, 2nd floor)
Wednesdays or Thursdays between 8:30 am and 1:30 pm
Note: On Monday, April 2, 2017 the office will be open from Noon – 4 pm

PDF Competition Submission Form


Guest Speaker

Wednesday, April 18
2 PM
Cinema Hall in Stocker Center

Presentation by Dr. Insoo Hyun, Associate Professor of Bioethics and Philosophy, Director of Undergraduate Bioethics Program at Case Western Reserve University


Film Screening

Screening the HBO film adaptation of The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks

Thursday, April 19
2 – 5:30 PM
Cinema Hall in Stocker Center

Book discussion immediately following the film

This is a free event and will be open to Students, Faculty and Staff only.


Questions? Contact: