After reading “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” freshman Rachel Byrd created a painting to illustrate Lacks’ great contribution to modern medicine—and the lack of knowledge about her, as a person, in the scientific community. Byrd’s work was named the top project among the creative responses submitted as part of this year’s Life of the Mind program at UT Knoxville.
Life of the Mind News
In recognition of the University of Tennessee’s fiftieth anniversary of undergraduate integration, the Life of the Mind panel discussion to be held Tuesday, September 20, will focus on “The Legacy of Henrietta Lacks: A Celebration of Fifty Years of African American and Minority Achievement.” The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.in the University Center auditorium.
It’s time to begin selecting a Life of the Mind book for the 2012-13 academic year—and your help is needed. Life of the Mind is a common reading experience that gives first-year students their first taste of academic life at UT Knoxville. The book is used as a tool to challenge students’ thinking and engage them in discussion about important issues and their transition to college.
“Legality and Ethics: Research and the Legacy of Henrietta Lacks at UTK” will be the topic of a Life of the Mind panel discussion on Thursday, September 8. The hour-long panel discussion, which begins at 5:30 p.m., will be held in the Alumni Memorial Building auditorium.
A young woman checked into Johns Hopkins Hospital for cancer treatment. Her cells are biopsied and, when they show traits of immortality, are sold for medical research worldwide. It sounds like the plot of a science fiction movie. In fact, it’s a true story, and the subject of the award-winning book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. The book’s author, Rebecca Skloot, will visit UT Knoxville on Monday, August 15. The lecture is free and open to the public.
The 2011-2012 academic year will bring some significant changes to the Life of the Mind (LOM) program, the common reading experience that gives first-year students their initial taste of academic life at UT Knoxville. The LOM book is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, written by Rebecca Skloot. For the first time, the Life of the Mind will be part of a new First-Year Studies course, FYS 100: The Volunteer Connection. This will be a zero-credit, pass-fail course that all first-year students must complete between orientation and the first few weeks of class.
The Life of the Mind Committee invites faculty, staff, students and others to nominate a book as next year’s reading selection for first-year students. Life of the Mind is a common reading experience for all first-year students that gives them their first taste of academic life at UT Knoxville. The book is to be used as a tool to challenge students’ thinking and engage them in discussion about important issues and their transition to college.
One UT student helped translate to Spanish-speaking students. Others helped pull teeth and make eyeglasses. Others greeted patients, helped with paperwork and directed clinic traffic. Late last month — merely a week into their freshmen year of classes at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville — 15 students traveled to St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes, just outside New Orleans, to assist Remote Area Medical. They were accompanied by several upperclassmen, student staff members and Provost Susan Martin.
Last week, “Mountains Beyond Mountains” author Tracy Kidder visited campus to give a lecture as part of the Life of the Mind program. He also met with freshmen and signed copies of his book. At Thursday night’s lecture, he talked about what it was like to get to know Farrmer, who founded Partners in Health and has worked extensively to improve health conditions in some impoverished areas of Haiti, Peru and Russia.
Tracy Kidder, author of this year’s Life of the Mind book, “Mountains Beyond Mountains,” is on campus today to speak to freshmen. Kidder will give a lecture and sign copies of his book at 7 p.m. today in the Alumni Memorial Building Cox Auditorium. Although this event is open only to university freshmen, it can be viewed via live webcast.