We have created an online book club exclusively for UBC alumni, focusing on lifelong learning, leadership, harnessing creativity, communication skills and much, much more. The book club will connect through a private forum where alumni can discuss the current book and connect with each other.
The Next Online Book Club Selection
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Henrietta Lacks was a poor Southern tobacco farmer, whose cells – taken without her knowledge – became one of the most important tools in medicine: vital in developing the polio vaccine, uncovering secrets of cancer, and leading to in vitro fertilization. Despite the million-dollar industry that her cells have since helped grow, Henrietta and her family have never seen any of the profits. Join Rebecca Skloot as she uncovers the stories of the Lacks family, both past and present, connecting Henrietta’s legendary cells with the dark history of experimentation on Black people.
Join us as we learn all about the stories of the Lacks family.
Reading and discussion begins May 27th.
Joining the book club is completely free. You just have to pick up a copy of the book—at your library, UBC Bookstore (save 12% with your Alumni Card), or online—to enjoy.* The group will read one book every two months, so you will have plenty of time to read.
Plus, you don’t have to commit to reading every book—we’re not grading you.
*Online purchases made at Indigo using our link help support alumni UBC programs.
alumni UBC uses PBC Guru, a third party service provider hosted outside of Canada (specifically in the USA), in order to provide the Online Book Club as a service to our members. In order to confirm your eligibility and provide you access to PBC Guru, we will collect your name, e-mail address, the year you graduated from UBC, and the program of study in which you graduated. UBC collects this information under the authority of section 26(c) of BC’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA).
Your name, e-mail address, and eligibility to participate in the Online Book Club will be shared with PBC Guru in order to provision your access to these services.
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