As UCSB Reads celebrates its 5th year, KCSB will be hosting a series of on-air readings of Rebecca Skloot’s award-winning book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. The book tells the story of Henrietta Lacks, a poor Southern tobacco farmer whose cells transformed modern medicine, though neither Lacks nor her descendants were made aware of her impact until recently. The book explores topics of racism and bioethics in the form of a compelling narrative. The Immortal Life was chosen from hundreds of book suggestions keeping with this year’s theme Our Bodies, Our Cells: Exploring Identity.

The goal of UCSB Reads 2011 is to generate intellectual discussion on genetic identity, a history of modern medicine, and individual rights. KCSB’s annual on-air reading seeks to promote the community-wide educational experience provided from the UCSB Reads program. Several discussions, panels, and other events available to the Santa Barbara community will culminate in Rebecca Skloot’s appearance in Campbell Hall on April 11th. Click here for an entire list of 2011 UCSB Reads events.

The readings will take place on-air every weekday at 12:00 PM after News Headlines. The end of the book will coincide with Skloot’s appearance at UCSB on April 11th, 2011.

If you would like to volunteer as an on-air reader for KCSB Reads, please e-mail