Power Trip: The Story of America's Love Affair with Energy.
Sweet Briar, VA (Vocus) November 2, 2010
Sweet Briar College will host lectures and book signings by two noted women journalists on Thursday, Nov. 4 and Monday, Nov. 8. Although they have different stories to tell, each addresses events that affect our lives in significant ways.
Amanda Little is an award-winning environmental journalist who set out to explain the nation’s energy crisis — how we got in it and how we’ll get out of it. The result is “Power Trip: The Story of America’s Love Affair with Energy.” The book “maps out the history and future of America’s energy addiction in a wonk-free, big-picture, solutions-oriented adventure story,” says Little’s website.
She will speak about her book at 8 p.m. Nov. 4 in Sweet Briar’s Memorial Chapel.
Science writer Rebecca Skloot’s best-selling book, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” explores issues of race, culture, science and bioethics in the telling of how modern medicine was profoundly altered by the death of a poor black woman in 1951.
Tumor cells harvested from Henrietta Lacks’ cancer-ravaged body became the first to grow and survive in culture. These “immortal” cells led to huge advances in medicine, including development of the polio vaccine, in-vitro fertilization and gene mapping. Scientists called them HeLa cells and they are still bought and sold by the billions for research today — although Lacks’ husband and children didn’t learn of their existence for more than 20 years after her death.
Skloot will discuss and sign copies of her book at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 in Murchison Lane Auditorium at the College’s Babcock Fine Arts Center.
Sweet Briar College is a nationally recognized all-women’s liberal arts and sciences college near Lynchburg, Va. Information is available at http://www.sbc.edu.
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