2013 New Student Convocation
Dr. Susan M. Reverby, historian of American health care, will be the keynote lecturer at the 2013 Whittier College New Student Convocation. Reverby’s talk, Escaping Melodramas: How Should We Think about Medical Research when it Goes “Bad?,” will deal with two highly publicized and controversial government-sponsored research studies done on sexually transmitted diseases in Tuskegee, Alabama and Guatemala City, Guatemala. Her talk about research and ethics ties into the theme of the 2013 first-year summer reading selection, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – a nonfiction account of the immortal cell line, known as HeLa, that came from the cervical cancer cells of an African American woman who died in 1951. This lecture is organized by the Center for Science, Health, and Policy (CSHP) and sponsored by the W. M. Keck Foundation.
In addition, during her one-day visit to campus, Reverby will visit various classes and meet with students to discuss her research.