Past Campus Reads

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Scoreboard, Baby
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Campus read 2013-2014

Scoreboard, Baby: A Story of College Football, Crime, and Complicity by Ken Armstrong and Nick Perry

This non-fiction book chronicles the on- and off-field activities of the University of Washington’s 2011 Rose Bowl-winning football team. Alongside exciting descriptions of many of the team’s comeback victories are sordid accounts of many of the players’ criminal behavior off the field; no fewer than 24 of the players on the team at the time were arrested for or charged with crimes, including rape, sexual assault, domestic violence, robbery, attempted murder, and more. The authors painstakingly weave together a complex and riveting story from a multitude of documents and interviews and look beyond the individual players to the culture and community that enabled their criminality through a single-minded obsession with winning.

Campus read 2012-2013

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

This non-fiction book describes the story of Henrietta Lacks, a 31-year-old African-American woman who died of cervical cancer in the early 1950s, whose tissues were removed for medical research without her consent.  These cells, known as HeLa cells, have aided in the development of the polio vaccine, cancer treatments, in vitro fertilization, and cloning research.  At the same time, Lacks herself was forgotten and her family was completely unaware of the use of her cells at an industrial scale.  The book touches on several areas:  science, medicine, ethics, human values, and capitalism.

 

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