Saturday, November 7, 2015

One Book Program Speakers

The One Book Program presented two speakers in October: Professor Justin Wert (October 21), and Dr.  Lundy Pentz (October 28).  Both talks were well attended and provided two different views on The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

 Professor Wert's talk, entitled The Life of Henrietta Lacks: Black Community and Black Lives Matter, dealt with the sense of community that surrounded Lacks and her family, the ties between the individuals in her network, and the active support that individuals in that network gave to each other. We also learned about the migration from rural Virginia to urban Maryland, specifically Baltimore, and how black society changed because of this.

Professor Wert teaches English Composition I and II, Survey of American Literature I and II, and Survey of African American Literature I and II. 

To see a video recording of Professor Wert's talk, please click here. 

Dr. Lundy Pentz retired from Mary Baldwin College after decades of teaching biology, microbiology, immunology, physiology, and more. He got his PhD and his B.A. at Johns Hopkins University in MD. His talk,  entitled Cells, Tissues, and Money, focused on the financial aspects of cell research.  Dr. Pentz  walked the audience through the process of cell research, and debunked the idea that researchers get rich by discussing the expenses associated with this research. 

To see a video recording of Dr. Pentz's talk, please click here.