The Book-in-Common essay contest for The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks invited faculty, staff and students to consider what they want their legacy to be, how they want to be remembered, and what steps they need to take now to cement their legacy. The winning essays were:
Faculty — “Outlasting Life,” by Risa Handman-Nettles (Communication Sciences & Oral Health)
Staff — “My Big Fat Jewban Wedding,” by Carmen Cruz (Counseling & Psychological Services)
Graduate Students — “My Legacy,” by Kiran Kanwar (first place) and “My Personal Legacy: A Librarian’s Quest for Change,” by Judith Rigal (second place)
Undergraduate Students — “Hope,” by Ryan Atbin (first place) and “Set Your Sights on Greater Goals,” by Kundi Dzikiti (second place)
Winners will be recognized at a noon reception Thursday, Oct. 17, in Student Union room 207.
Reminders: A screening of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” is scheduled at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 16, in CFO 204. A Lacks Family Talk, featuring Jeri Lacks Whye and David Lacks Jr., will take place at 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 17, in MCL 101. Those unable to attend may livestream the event.