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The RIC Open Books--Open Minds common book for 2012/2013
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Open Books-Open Minds

Open Books--Open Minds is the Rhode Island College common book program. This initiative brings together first-year students early in their first semester at RIC, and links them with upper classmen, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, and the greater Rhode Island community through book discussions and participation in a rich array of programs and activities.


Book Reviews

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2012-2013 Common Book

Description: Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot is the 2012-2013 "Open Books Open Minds" Common Book.   The book was one of three selected by the Open Books Open Minds Committee for consideration based on the quality of the writing and in depth coverage of an important topic and multidisciplinary scope.  The Immortal Life...was then chosen in a campus wide survey.  The book is required reading for all incoming freshman and first year students.   All members of the college community and the greater RIC community are encouraged to read this remarkable tale and attend the various programs which are being planned for the academic year starting in September 2012.

Click on "Comments" below to read: "Changed my way of thinking" by Rebeka Merson, Associate Professor of Biology, RIC


How to Use this Guide

This guide will show you how to find resources about the book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, and broader topics, such as medical ethics, cell culture, and civil rights.

Click on the Finding library materials tab for help locating relevent books, articles, and films. Many of these, including some of the books, are online in the Library's databases. Others are print resources to be found in the Library building. To access databases from off campus or to take books out of the Library, you must have a RIC ID and you must register at the Library.

Click on any of the other tabs to find a page or more of information and links to additional resources about the author of the book, HeLa cells, Informed consent, Medicine and race, and other topics.

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