Henrietta Lacks and Institutional Identity

Earlier this year I had the honor of sitting on a panel with several Rhode Island College faculty members at RIC’s Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning. The discussion focused on ways to teach The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, the book that RIC selected as their common reading selection for the 2012-2013 academic year.  Click here to read my recently published article on teaching Henrietta Lacks.  It appears in the Spring 2013 addition of Issues in Teaching and Learning (pages 12 & 13).

This book was important during the inaugural year at the Middle College as every student in our school read it.  Henrietta’s story served as a touchstone that faculty used to create and reinforce our shared values regarding inquiry, interdisciplinary thinking and social justice.  RIC’s subsequent use of the text highlights the college part of the Middle College model and reminds us that our students have tackled many rigorous texts in building a culture of achievement.

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