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ClassGraphic Flora, fauna, and fungi. Join us for a fascinating exploration of fungi. Mushrooms aren’t just for eating or taking a psychedelic trip. They are used in industry for eco-friendly building materials and fabrics, environmental clean-up, and medicinal remedies. When we think of fungi, we think of mushrooms. But mushrooms are only the fruiting bodies, analogous to apples on the tree. Most fungi live out of sight, yet make up a massively diverse kingdom that supports and sustains nearly all life. Together we will learn how Fungi are metabolic masters, earth makers, and key players in most of life’s processes. Our texts are excerpts from Entangled Life (Random House, 2023) by Merlin Sheldrake, which describes how these extraordinary organisms are changing our understanding of how life works. We will also sample Mycelium Running (Ten Speed Press, 2005) by Paul Stamets, which discusses how fungi can impact environmental issues as diverse as pollutants and pathogen reduction from agricultural watersheds. Fungi can help enhance the health of forests and gardens. And most obviously, mushrooms have an important role in the kitchen. In addition to these texts, we will view the documentary Fantastic Fungi (Popcorn Entertainment, 2019), additional videos, and may visit a mushroom farm.

Class Details

14 Session(s)
Weekly - Mon

Wieboldt Hall

MultipleInstructor :
1.Michael Silverman2.Misty Baumann3.Susan Salpeter 



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Schedule Information

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Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
3/4/2024 - 6/10/2024 Weekly - Mon 01:15 PM - 03:15 PM Chicago, Wieboldt Hall  Map Susan Salpeter  ; Misty Baumann  ; Michael Silverman 
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