Come See “Informing Consent: Unwitting Subjects in Medicine’s Pursuit of Beneficial Knowledge”

Exhibit in Conjunction with Go Big Read in the Ebling Library for the Health Sciences

UW’s Go Big Read initiative is creating numerous opportunities for engagement and discussion. On the west side of campus History of Science graduate student and guest curator, Lynnette Regouby and Ebling’s Curator, Micaela Sullivan-Fowler, have been working on a historical exhibition whose themes were designed in response to Rebecca Skloot’s “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.”

“Informing Consent: Unwitting Subjects in Medicine’s Pursuit of Beneficial Knowledge,” is a display of original books, magazines, newspapers and photographs depicting the story of human subject experimentation, the world of Henrietta Lacks (circa 1949-1951), the ethics of body and tissue ownership issues, the science of HeLa, the history of research and treatment at UW-Madison, and the modern policies protecting the rights of patients. Material from University Archives, Steenbock Library, Memorial Library, the W.M. Keck Laboratory for Biological Imaging and Ebling will illustrate the themes that Skloot raised in her popular, thought-provoking book.

Please plan to attend the Opening Reception.
When: Wednesday, September 29th, 2010, 4:00-6:00 pm.
Where: Ebling Library for the Health Sciences- Historical Reading Room- 3rd floor 750 Highland Ave.
Open to the Public. Exhibition runs until March 31, 2011