Professor Kathie Hodge’s class, Magical Mushrooms, Mischievous Molds is not your typical biology class— it’s more like a narrated double-decker bus tour of the Kingdom of Fungi. Together, Dr. Hodge, her students and their T.A.’s tell the stories of weird and world-sustaining mushrooms, pay homage to the noble works of yeasts, and explore humid thickets of medicinal molds. Over the course of the semester, they meet a host of subjects from the world of fungi, and then eat some of them.
Because the class aims to be approachable, it attracts a delightfully diverse group of students —hundreds of them. For a pinch of extra credit, some seized the opportunity to make fungus-inspired art based on a fungus fact. The wider Cornell community is cordially invited to enjoy a browse through their creative and exuberant work in this exhibit on display in the 2nd floor of Mann Library. Come prepared to be intrigued!
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