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CSUSM Presents "A Conversation with Sonny Lacks", March 13

The internationally successful book, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” has left people keenly interested in the Lacks family and legacy. David “Sonny” Lacks has enthralled university audiences across the country talking about his mother and her important contribution to modern medicine.Sponsored by the California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) Faculty Center and as part of the Common Read program with the University of California San Diego, San Diego State University, the University of San Diego, Point Loma Nazarene University, Grossmont College and other participating institutions, Sonny Lacks will visit the California Center for the Arts, Escondido on March 13, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public but tickets are required.  To reserve a seat visit: http://www.csusm.edu/commonread/sonnylacksform.html.Sonny’s visit will put a personal face on the birth of bioethics, issues of experimentation on African Americans and the legal battles over “informed consent.”Who: David “Sonny” Lacks, son of the title character in “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot.What: “A Conversation with Sonny Lacks” will include a lecture and Q&A with the audience.When: Tuesday, March 13, 2012Where: California Center for the Arts, Escondido – 340 North Escondido Blvd.Why: As part of the Common Read Program, Sonny’s visit will put a personal face on the birth of bioethics, issues of experimentation on African Americans and the legal battles over “informed consent.”About the Common Read ProgramCommon Read programs are increasingly popular at colleges and universities across the country, and they typically revolve around a single text— an outstanding work of fiction or nonfiction selected for everyone on campus to read. Similar to “one book, one city” community reading programs, a Common Read engages an entire campus in reading and discussing one book and its themes. This is the first time a consortium of San Diego County universities and institutions have collaborated in a Common Read program.About California State University San MarcosCalifornia State University San Marcos combines the ambiance of a mid-sized, personal, modern campus with the unequaled value of the California State University. Since its founding in 1989, the campus has distinguished itself. Students benefit from the latest facilities and equipment, a superb faculty that enjoys teaching, and a rigorous academic program that prepares students for a successful life in and out of the workplace. A recent survey reported that our annual spending in the region was $161 million, generating a total impact of $307 million on the regional economy. 85 percent of CSUSM’s alumni stay in the region. CSU San Marcos is located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos. It is fifteen miles east of the ocean; just thirty miles north of downtown San Diego.