Campus News in Brief

Skloot to discuss new book

Carnegie Mellon’s English department and the Victor E. Bearg Scholars in Humanities and Sciences Speaker Series will host award-winning nonfiction and science writer Rebecca Skloot. Skloot will discuss her newly released book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

This nonfiction piece discusses an individual whose cancerous cells were removed, without her knowledge, in the 1950s by doctors at Johns Hopkins University. These cells were to become the first “immortal” human cells grown. Called “HeLa” cells, they have played important roles in medical research from the development of the polio vaccine to current work on in vitro fertilization and gene mapping.

Skloot’s feature stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in a vast array of publications, including The New York Times Magazine, Discover, the Columbia Journalism Review, and O, The Oprah Magazine. Skloot is also a contributing editor for Popular Science and has been a correspondent for multimedia programs including NPR and PBS.

Skloot currently teaches creative nonfiction in the MFA program at the University of Memphis. She is also is a faculty member at the yearly Mid-Atlantic Summer Creative Nonfiction Writers Conference and a former University of Pittsburgh non-fiction faculty member.

Skloot has an undergraduate degree in biomedical science from Colorado State University and a master's degree in non-fiction from the University of Pittsburgh.

STUDIO hosts Gibson, Recoder

Carnegie Mellon’s STUDIO for Creative Inquiry will host media-based performers Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder as a part of the center’s symposium on new approaches to media performance. Gibson and Recoder will lecture on the concept and process of media-based performance. After the lecture, the artists will present a performance centered on multiple 16-millimeter projectors with live audio.

The live piece employs a variety of non-art objects including 16-millimeter loops, spray bottles, colored gels, unfocused lenses, and hand shadows. These objects will combine to create slowly transforming light sculptures.

Gibson and Recoder have shown their collaborative film installations and performances at film festivals, museums, galleries, and alternative venues since 2001. They have exhibited their work at prestigious institutions including the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Kitchen, Robert Beck Memorial Cinema, and Mighty Robot in New York City; Hallwalls Contemporary Arts in Buffalo, N.Y.; and the Images Festival in Toronto.

The STUDIO for Creative Inquiry’s symposium lectures are free and open to the public. Seating is limited and first-come, first-served.