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One Book, One Campus

Millersville University's One Book program is designed to enhance a sense of community among students, faculty, and staff by stimulating discussion and critical thinking around a common reading. Each year, a book selection is made by the One Book Committee, which is comprised primarily of faculty, but also includes students and administrators. The committee seeks to select books that will engage and challenge incoming students on a specific topic or theme, while introducing them to new academic expectations. Events to further explore the theme are held in the fall, often including an open forum by the author. Since its inception in 2007, the selected readings have been

2007-2008 The Color of Water by James McBride

2008-2009 A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ismael Beah

2009-2010 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon

2010-2011 Einstein's Dreams by Alan Lightman

2011-2012 Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario

2012-2013 The Influencing Machine by Brooke Gladstone

2013-2014 How Does It Feel to Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America by Moustafa Bayoumi

In fall 2013, the committee reviewed several books before choosing The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, a New York Times bestseller, which takes readers on an extraordinary journey, from the “colored” ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1950s to stark white laboratories with freezers filled with HeLa cells, from Henrietta’s small, dying hometown of Clover, Virginia, to East Baltimore today, where her children and grandchildren live and struggle with the legacy of her cells. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew. It’s a story inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we’re made of. (Source:

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2014-2015 One Book, One Campus

Description: image001 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot

We are pleased to announce The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot as the One Book, One Campus selection for the 2014-2015 academic year. The goal of the One Book program is to stimulate discussion and critical thinking around a common book's theme, enhancing a sense of community among students, faculty, and staff as we engage with each other's diverse perspectives.  Students are asked to read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks before arriving on campus for Orientation. Copies of the book are available for purchase at the University Store.