October 24, 2013 - California State University, Bakersfield, The Kern County Library, and One Book, One Bakersfield, One Kern, invite the community to meet Rebecca Skloot, author of this year's community reading project, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. The event will take place on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 7pm in the CSUB Icardo Center. Guests will enjoy an evening of conversation with the author, followed by a book signing.
Award winning science writer Skloot became well known writing her first book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - a New York Times best seller. As a young community college student, Skloot's interest was piqued when a biology professor mentioned the only known fact about the source of HeLa cells: they came from a black woman named Henrietta Lacks. Skloot's curiosity and passion about the woman behind the HeLa cells led to an intensive decade-long research and writing project, resulting in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
Skloot's visit is the culminating event of two months of activities as part of the efforts to promote the reading of 2013's One Book, One Bakersfield, One Kern book selection. This year, the program seeks to launch a community conversation about medical research, public health and social justice issues in order to begin to create a healthier, more informed, cohesive Kern County in which all can flourish. One Book, One Bakersfield, One Kern is sponsored by CSUB, Title V-A Grant, and the Kern County Library. CSUB engages the First Year Experience students to read the chosen book through the Runner Reader program. The Kern County Library works with One Book, One Bakersfield, One Kern to invite and engage the community to read the book and attend events where the book and its themes are discussed.
"Each year, the Kern County Library gets to put into action our passion for the concept that one great book's universal themes and ideas can speak to our lives in Bakersfield and Kern County in compelling and meaningful ways," said Kristie Coons, Coordinator of One Book, One Bakersfield, One Kern for the Kern County Library. "We invite community partners to create wide-ranging opportunities to build the conversation to get people involved and help us raise literacy in our communities."
Skloot's visit is free and open to the public. Parking is free after 6pm in Lot I. For more information on this event, or about other One Book, One Bakersfield, One Kern events, please visit the following link: [ http://kerncountylibrary.org/HTML/news/events_obobok.html ]http://kerncountylibrary.org/HTML/news/events_obobok.html.
Centrally located on a 375-acre site in the southern San Joaquin Valley, California State University, Bakersfield is a continuously growing comprehensive regional university that has been committed to transforming the lives of its students and community through its established excellence in academia, diversity, service, and community engagement since its founding in 1965. The faculty across the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) fully accredited University is world-class, with nearly 75% holding terminal degrees in their respective fields. An NCAA Division I school, CSUB has competed successfully in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) since 2012 and is but one important aspect of a growing and vibrant student-life experience.
The University serves more than 9,000 students at either the main campus in Bakersfield or CSUB - Antelope Valley and counts over 40,000 alumni from its four schools: Arts and Humanities, Business and Public Administration, Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering, and Social Sciences and Education. The University offers undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate and credential programs, and CSUB's Extended University serves the community by offering additional professional development, certificate, and degree programs. With over 70 percent of its alumni remaining and working within the Central Valley, CSU Bakersfield supports ongoing social, cultural and economic development in the region.
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