With a career, boyfriend, and loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years before. But that past has caught up with her. Sentenced to fifteen months, she is sent to the federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut - one of the millions of people who disapper "down the rabbit hole" of the the American penal system.
Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientis know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells - taken without her knowledge in 1951 - became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for develping the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in-vitro fertilization, and more. Henrietta's cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains vitually unknown. Join Alison Petrus-Wilkins for a discussion of this riveting story of the collision between ethics, race and medicine.
Poet and Warwick resident Jude Roche offers her musings on her church and her faith. Join her for a reading and discussion of her new book, "Catechism of a Disconnected Catholic." There will be a book signing with copies available for purchase.