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2021-2022 Catalog

FYS 019 From Magical Mushrooms to Cereal Killers: How Fungi Have Shaped Human Civilization

Fungi have played a critical role in the development of society since ancient times. As food (or a threat to it), as medicinal sources, as recreational items, as religious or philosophical icons, fungi have participated in all aspects of human kind. The seminar class explores all facets of fungi and how they have shaped civilization. By using texts from books, popular articles and scholarly publications, we will attempt to understand the multiple ways in which fungi have affected our lives.