Each summer, first-year students complete their first college assignment by participating in the Buckeye Book Community. First-year students will purchase the book prior to or during orientation and are asked to complete the reading before they return to campus. Students should be prepared to discuss and analyze what they have read. Students on every Ohio State campus will be reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks this summer.
The Buckeye Book Community connects the first-year class through a shared experience and introduces the expectation that college students cultivate a life of learning both in and outside the classroom.
2012 Common Book: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is the story of the woman whose cancerous cells, known as HeLa cells, were vital for developing numerous medical advances. They have been bought and sold by the billions, yet the cells were taken without her consent, and Henrietta Lacks remains virtually unknown. Her family found out nearly 20 years after that Henrietta’s cells were still alive. It is an astonishing story of scientific discovery and the ethical implications involved. It is a story that approaches the intersections of race, class, and science in our culture and our history. It is the story of the unknown life of Henrietta Lacks, a woman who has changed all of our lives.
Here is an online resource for The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Consider searching the internet where you will find many resources to supplement you reading experience.
At Freshman Welcome Day, Monday, August 20th you will be required to turn in a 2-3 page response paper focusing on The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks on one of the prompts listed below. The assignment is part of your Exploration 1100.01 course, which is required for all new Ohio State Marion students. The assignment is worth a total of 50 points. 25 points for attending Welcome Day, and a maximum of 25 points for the written paper.
Printing is not available on Freshmen Welcome Day so be sure you have your printed paper with you!
Follow the instructions below and choose a writing prompt from the list provided. Complete your writing assignment based on the prompt you select. If you quote from the book in your paper, be sure to use correct MLA style citation to document your source. Be certain that your work is your own.
planned major of study
Exploration class section number (check your class schedule on your Student Center)
Exploration instructor’s name (check your class schedule on your Student Center)
Writing prompt number/Title
Kylie Butte email@example.com
Wolali Dedo firstname.lastname@example.org
Penny Eyster email@example.com
Sharon Gattshall firstname.lastname@example.org
Louis Hominga email@example.com
Tom Marshall firstname.lastname@example.org
Shellie Shirk email@example.com
Chris Trapp firstname.lastname@example.org