Colleges Against Cancer Hosts Guest Speakers on Tuesday, Sept. 13

The Colleges Against Cancer organization will host three guest speakers as part of the FYE Common Reading Fall Series around the book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot—the 2011 summer reading selection for incoming students.

The lecture will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 12:30 p.m. in The Kanbar Campus Center Performance Space.

Two employees of the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia will speak about their work researching and educating the public about cancer. Dr. Linda Fleisher, who works in the Office of Health Communications and Health Disparities, will speak about her role with the cancer center’s outreach programs, including cancer education, screening and other community services. Dr. Glenn Rall, a researcher at the Fox Chase Cancer Center, will discuss his work with HeLa cells, an immortal cell line used in cancer research that was taken from Henrietta Lacks (the subject of Skloot’s book) in 1951.

“This event is going to encompass a variety of different topics relating to the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” said Jennifer Stypinski, president of PhilaU’s chapter of Colleges Against Cancer. “We will be able to see the outcomes of some of the research with HeLa cells as well as be educated on different services available for cancer patients that Henrietta did not have access to.”

Jamie McCann, a health initiatives representative at the American Cancer Society (ACS), will also speak to students about the programs and services ACS offers and how the organization relies on volunteers to help with its mission. McCann will talk about how PhilaU students can help in the fight against cancer through programs like Relay for Life and other fundraising and volunteer service opportunities.

The event is free and open to the University community. The FYE Common Reading Program’s Fall Series continues on Thursday, Sept. 15 with a lecture from bioethics expert Arthur Caplan at 1 p.m. in The Kanbar Campus Center Performance Space. Click here for more information.

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