One Book, One Campus

Reaching and Teaching Each Student for Equity

“One Book, One Campus” is an interdisciplinary project designed to enhance equity and engagement on campus. The Center for Teaching Excellence selects one book for a common reading experience to share with the LCCC campus community. By reading one book, administrators, faculty, staff, and students can create a common ground for discussion, which can lead underrepresented students to unite academically through the sense of community.

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

A picture of the cover of the book "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


Teaching Resources

   Rebecca Skloot’s guide for teachers and students 


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

A link to the 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 the Center for Teaching Excellence.


One Book One Campus Student Competition

The Student Competition invites LCCC students to engage critically and creatively with our common reading, Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Students can interpret, research, or reimagine any aspect of the book, exploring its themes of equity, education, consent, and the ethics of research and scientific advancement, among others. Entries can include (but are not limited to) creative writing, film production, music, fine art, dance, critical or research essays, poster presentation, 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

Student entries should reflect on the ideas raised by Skloot’s book. Consider these questions as a starting place:

  • What story from the book resonated most with you? How would you represent that story or your experience of it in a creative way?
  • What are the consequences of having no informed consent, no IRB board?  How does this impact healthcare and society at large?
  • Is healthcare a right or a privilege? What are the intended and unintended consequences of a profit-driven health care system?
  • How are mental health issues handled then and now?  Have we made any gains?
  • Were men and women treated differently during this period of time when they received healthcare?
  • What constitutes ethical journalism? Regarding HeLa and the Lacks family, what are some of the intended and unintended consequences of irresponsible journalism?
  • Can people offer their bodies for scientific studies in exchange of monetary compensation?



  • Students must be currently enrolled as LCCC, Early College, or University Partnership students for Spring 2018.
  • Students may submit as individuals or as members of a group. One entry is allowed per student or group.



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 5 p.m. Monday, April 2, 2018
Projects will be collected at the Center for Teaching Excellence office CU 216 (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 – 5 pm

Competition Entry Submission Form

A judging panel of faculty, staff, and students will evaluate the entries. Winners will be notified in April via the contact information provided. Contest creators reserve the right to shorten or extend the call for submissions. Submissions become the property of Lorain County Community College and may be used/reproduced in various marketing and educational endeavors without any future claim to copyright or compensation.



Prizes for individual Entries include:

  • 1 first place scholarship ($500) 
  • 2 second place scholarships ($350) 
  • 3 third place scholarships ($200)

Awards for group entries included

  • best small group entry (2-5 students)
  • best large group entry (5 or more students)

Prizes will be awarded at the One Book One Campus Award Ceremony and Celebration in College Center Commons at 2 pm on Friday, April 20. All student entries will be on public display either in College Center Commons or on the second floor of Spitzer Center, between April 16 and April 20.


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

Register to attend in the form below the Film Screening information


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.

Register below:

  • Name * Required
  • Email * Required
  • Please Indicate which event(s) you would like to attend * Required


Questions? Contact: