Rebecca Skloot’s book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, hints at the complex web between race, science and journalism throughout her narrative. David S. Bennett’s talk will illustrate the historical context for all three of these fields, to help explain the development of journalistic objectivity within the larger face of strong regional beliefs like Jim Crow.
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Scholar Series: Prof. David Bennett, “Representing Henrietta Lacks: Journalism, Science, and Race in the Mid-20th Century”
February 13 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm- Free
David Stephen Bennett is currently an Adjunct Instructor for Lake Superior State University and a a PhD candidate at Michigan State University, focusing his studies on Modern American History, African American History, and History of Science, Medicine, and Technology. He has an MA from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and his article “The Televised Revolution: ‘Progressive’ Television Coverage of the 1960s New Orleans School Desegregation Crisis” was recently published in the Summer 2017 Journal for Louisiana History. Beyond his work teaching, he also manages several digital research projects, including his most recent digital project entitled Visualizing Southern Television, which illustrates the changing nature of television stations within the south between 1946 and 1966.