Requirements and suggestions:

a.       Analysis in project form that deconstructs the book from different stakeholder perspectives and how they changed over time. (ie how did historical context of the time factor into decisions that were made?  How are those same stakeholders today? Maybe.)  Perspectives to analyze:

                                                               i.      Race,

                                                             ii.      gender,

                                                            iii.      poverty,

                                                           iv.      class,

                                                             v.      bioethics,

                                                           vi.      science.

b.      Racism and medicine/health care

                                                               i.      How the Lacks story is an archetype about racism and health in the U.S

1.       Review history of unconsented medical experimentation of African American from colonial times to present day

2.       Other minority groups in US who have also been victimized by systemic discrimination (by race, or class, or intellectual ability, etc.)

3.       Global perspective- nations/cultures/ periods of history where medical exploitation has occurred for the “good” of science, or humanity

c.       Hipaa/privacy  rights perspective/who owns your tissue.

                                                               i.      law and policy re: heathcare/bioethics and debate over tissue sampling.

d.      Or the lit approach, it’s a genre-bending story

                                                               i.      narrative continues on facebook, twitter, a foundation etc.

                                                             ii.      bias -  narrator now becomes a star player in the history

                                                            iii.      Is it historical journalism vs. scientific journalism vs. memoir --- it’s the life, death and life after death  story

1.       How does a shifting genre and the concomitant style/guidelines impact “truth” of the work and impact of the work on the reader (and public)

2.       Agenda Setting

3.       Issue Framing

4.       Journalist as a Watchdog for the Public

e.      Thematic exploration of the human behind the cell

                                                               i.      Humanity in health care (dignity, etc.

                                                             ii.      Is a cell a human with the same rights?

                                                            iii.      When do you stop “living”, etc. 

f.        Awareness raising display/exhibit for the school honoring her contributions in medical advancements and research

                                                               i.       Highlighting that her death brought life to so many others even though she and her family new were asked, knew or compensated.

g.       Extra Credit: Service component perhaps with Henrietta Lacks foundation

                                                               i.       Aet up to provide financial scholarships to the descendants of Henrietta Lacks;

                                                             ii.       to offer assistance to other African Americans in need who are pursuing education in science and medicine.

h.      Comparative – Read another book that discusses same issue (HeLa) to analyze impact and “truths” of the story

i.         Artistic Approach –

                                                               i.      Using art to express issues raised above.

j.        Web 2.0 approach

                                                               i.      Utilizing web 2.0 applications (including mobile) to analyze or raise awareness



·         Must have active reading notes

·         Must maintain a journal (daily) on reading, discussion and research for final project on

·         Papers must be 5-7 pp in MLA with annotated bibliography

·         Non-paper approaches (event; movie; artwork; web 2.0) must be approved by me prior to your starting them.  (Come with an outline prepared; Include annotated bibliography)

·         Class participation in book discussion is 25% of Final Project Grade (must reference text and use a prepared question/statement/quote) on and off

·         Final Deadline for all work: June 1st, 2010