LSSU Library Scholar Series Welcomes Professor Ginna Hoben: “Once Upon a Time, a Woman Developed Very Special Cells…” – A Look at What Makes a Compelling Story

A podcast.  A book.  A film.  A stage play.  An episode of Law & Order.  What is it about Henrietta Lack’s compelling history that inspires the expression of her story in five different art forms?  This talk will examine which plot points are included in all of these retellings of a similar tale, which are not, and what it is that makes a story worth telling (and retelling!).

GINNA HOBEN is an actor/writer/theatre professor.  Her most recent play, “No Spring Chicken” premiered at NextStop Theatre as part of D.C.’s Women’s Voices Theatre Festival in 2015.  Ginna’s play, “The Twelve Dates of Christmas” has enjoyed over fifty productions nation and worldwide.  Other produced plays include the “wind-chill factor”, “telephone”, and “Spit Spat Splendor Spite.” She has also been a writer/producer for the Emmy nominated TV show, “Brain Games.”  
Ginna has performed at various American regional theatres, most notably in 31 productions at American Shakespeare Center, including Kate in “Taming of the Shrew”, Portia in “The Merchant of Venice”, and the titular role in the World Premiere of “Shakespeare’s Sister.”

LSSU Library Scholar Series welcomes Professor Jason Swedene: “The ‘Right’ Way to Feel About HeLa: Pride, Prejudice, and Beyond”

In his talk, Dr. Swedene will explore the way that complex emotions in books, and particularly in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, can help us examine our own emotional lives and moral characters.  This talk will take place in the Library Learning Commons on Wednesday, January 17, 2019, at Noon.

Join us for a double feature, Wednesday, November 14th in the Library Learning Commons! First is the Scholar Series Lecture with Chairman Bryan Newland @ 3pm, and following is the PBS Documentary “Informed Consent and Medical Research” @ 4:30pm! Hope to see you all there!

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Detroit Economic Club Hosts U.S. Senate Debate Between Sen. Debbie Stabenow and John James. Today, Monday, October 15 @ 12:25PM, Located in the Library on the Main Floor at the Screen by the Academic Success Center Desk.

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Detroit Public TV is partnering with the Detroit Economic Club to provide live coverage of a debate between the two main candidates for one of Michigan’s U.S. Senate seats.

Senator Debbie Stabenow (D) will face her challenger, John James (R), in a one hour, in-depth discussion of the issues of importance to the state. During the debate, the candidates will answer questions from a panel of local journalists:

  • Chad Livengood, senior reporter at Crain’s Detroit Business
  • Chuck Stokes, editorial director of WXYZ-TV
  • Vickie Thomas, city beat reporter for WWJ-AM

The debate will take place today, Monday, Oct. 15, at 12:35 p.m. during a meeting of the Detroit Economic Club. The event will be streamed live by Detroit Public TV at

Sen. Stabenow, who was raised in Clare, MI, is seeking a fourth term in office. Her opponent, John James, from Farmington Hills is the president of James Group International.

DPTV will also be carrying the live-stream on our One Detroit Facebook page. We’d love to hear your comments, which you can share there.

Michigan voters will decide who goes to Washington – James or Stabenow — on Tuesday, Nov. 6.