Tuesday, January 31, 2012


Enoch Pratt Free Library

Fortune's Bones  - UMD series logo

From Fortune to Henrietta Lacks and Beyond

WHEN: Monday, Feb 6, 2012 (7:30 PM)
Central Library Wheeler Auditorium (click on the location to see map)
Suggested Audience: Adults, Seniors

When Fortune, a slave, died in 1798, his owner, Dr. Porter, dissected his body and preserved the skeleton. Fortune's bones remained in the doctor's family until they were given to the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, Connecticut in 1930.

In the 1950s, a young African American woman named Henrietta Lacks went to Johns Hopkins Hospital for cancer treatment. During her treatment, tissues were taken from her body without her knowledge and used to grow cells for research purposes. These cells, later nicknamed HeLa cells, were discovered to have extraordinary growth abilities and have been used in countless experiments since.

This panel discussion will examine ethics in medical education, research, treatment, and practice and explore the parallels between Fortune's story and that of Henrietta Lacks.

Panelists include: Professor Taunya Lovell-Banks, University of Maryland School of Law; Dr. Curt Civin, University of Maryland School of Medicine; David Lacks, son of Henrietta Lacks; Ysaye Barnwell, composer and curator of the Fortune's Bones Project. Moderator: Kojo Nnamdi, WAMU-FM.Professor Taunya Lovell-Banks, Dr. Curt Civin, David Lacks, Ysaye Barnwell, and Kojo Nnamdi

Presented in partnership with the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland, College Park. www.claricesmithcenter.umd.edu/fortune

This is a Deaf Friendly Event (Hearing and Speech Agency interpreters)


Sign language interpreters provided
the Hearing and Speech Agency