One Book Program schedules screenings of film starring Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey (right) stars in the HBO-produced film, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” which will be screened at A.K. Hinds University Center on Oct. 2-3.

Western Carolina University’s One Book Program will screen a film based on this year’s chosen book, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot, on Monday, Oct. 2, at 4:30, 6:30 and 9 p.m., and Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 4:30, 6:30 and 9 p.m. in the A.K. Hinds University Center theater.

The film, starring Oprah Winfrey, was produced by HBO. There will be open seating with no reservations.

The book, which was distributed to all first-year students during summer orientation, is a true story about a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells were taken without her knowledge in 1951 by scientists who referred to her as HeLa. Those cells never died. They launched a medical revolution and a multimillion-dollar industry. More than 20 years later, Lacks’ children found out and their lives would never be the same.

On Thursday, Oct. 5, the One Book Program will launch its faculty-facilitated Panel Discussion Series. The first one will include a discussion about leadership from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Blue Ridge Conference Room A.