Announcing the Montclair Book 2012 Keynote Address by David Lacks

Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
Montclair State University Conference Center, University Hall, 7th Floor

Montclair Book 2012, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot, tells the story of how cells from a poor, African-American tobacco farmer who died of cervical cancer in 1951 played a crucial role in medical breakthroughs in vaccinations, cloning, in vitro fertilization and gene mapping.

On September 27 at 7:00 p.m., David "Sonny" Lacks, accompanied by his son David Jr., will join a conversation at Montclair State about what it meant to find out--decades after the fact--that his mother's cells were being used in laboratories around the world, bought and sold by the billions. The discussion will be moderated by Brigid Harrison, professor of political science and law. A book signing will follow.

This event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Center for Writing Excellence, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the First-Year Writing Program and Student Development and Campus Life.

For more information about Montclair Book 2012, visit