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Prize-winning writer Rebecca Skloot to Speak at 21st Women & Health Lecture

Note change of Venue; Registration Reopened

Prize-winning science writer Rebecca Skloot, author of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" , will speak at the 21st Women & Health Lecture, sponsored by Creighton University’s Center for Health Policy and Ethics.

Her lecture will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6, at the Orpheum Theater. There will be a book signing following the lecture.

The event is free to the public. However, online registration is required and will be available beginning Aug. 30, at For more information, call 402.280.2017.

The Immortal Life, a 2010 nonfiction bestseller, tells the story of Henrietta Lacks, a poor black woman who died of cervical cancer in 1951. Without her knowledge or consent, some of her tumor was taken to create an immortal cell line that continues to be critical to medical research and ultimately has made millions of dollars for others.

Skloot’s debut book took more than a decade to research and write, and instantly became a New York Times bestseller. Skloot has been featured on numerous television shows including CBS Sunday Morning, The Colbert Report, Fox Business News and others; she was named “One of Five Surprising Leaders of 2010” by the Washington Post. The Immortal Life was selected as best book of 2010 by more than 60 media outlets, including Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, O the Oprah Magazine, Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, People Magazine, New York Times, and U.S. News and World Report.

The book is being translated into more than 25 languages and adapted into a young reader’s edition. It is also being made into an HBO movie produced by Oprah Winfrey and Alan Ball.

Lecture co-sponsors include Nebraska Humanities Council, The Asthma and Allergy Center, Alegent Health, Creighton University’s School of Nursing and Women in Science and Medicine, Joslyn Art Museum, Physicians Mutual, and The Bookworm

Creighton University is a Jesuit, Catholic university bridging health, law, business and the arts and sciences for a more just world.