“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” written by award-winning science writer Rebecca Skloot, has received wide acclaim, including selection as a New York Times Notable Book and the Amazon.com editors’ choice for the Best Book of 2010, and is being made into a movie to be produced in part by Oprah Winfrey.
UT Knoxville has selected “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” as the Life of the Mind book for 2011. For the first time, Life of the Mind will be part of a new First-Year Studies course. 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. Students will read the book, attend a discussion session and a lecture by the author, and complete a creative project.