Monday, June 27, 2016

Glenbard Parent Series Family Read

Our students have their summer reading assignment, and parents should join in as well.   
Please consider being a part of our Glenbard Family Read, the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
In this fascinating book author Rebecca Skloot tells the story of a young black woman, Henrietta Lacks, who died of cervical cancer in 1951 and left behind an inexplicably immortal line of cells known today as “HeLa.”  These HeLa cells, harvested without Henrietta’s   knowledge or consent, have contributed to many scientific advancements including the creation of the polio vaccine, treatments for cancers and viruses, in-vitro fertilization, and have been the backbone of the entire biotech industry, generating billions of dollars. The story is also about Henrietta Lacks’ family legacy. Her children and grandchildren have never benefited from their mother’s cells and who, today, cannot even afford health insurance. Part detective story, part scientific odyssey, and part family saga, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lachs raises fascinating questions about race, class, and bioethics in America.   

This book is recommended reading for many Glenbard students. Then join us when we welcome author Rebecca Skloot on August 25 at 7pm at Glenbard West

Other books by GPS authors and the schedule of their appearance:

“Different ...Not Less” by Temple Grandin 
Sept. 21 at Glenbard East 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm

“How to Raise an Adult; Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Child for Success” by Julie Lythcott-Haims 
Nov .16 West 7:00pm and (Nov 17 noon Marquardt Admin Center)

“Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction” by David Sheff 
Jan. 24 Glenbard East 7:00 pm (and Jan 25 noon Marquardt Admin Center)

“Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity” by Andrew Solomon 
April 11 COD/ MAC Arts Center 7:00pm