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The Impact of Insects on Human Culture

The Impact of Insects on Human Culture

Instructor: Presenter: John Stoffolano
Course time(s): 42357 SEE 265-10: T, 4/3, 2:00–4:00 pm
$10.00
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Senior Symposia classes are offered to ages 50 and older. Unless otherwise noted, all classes take place at GCC's downtown building, 270 Main Street in Greenfield.
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Insects make up three fourths of all living organisms. They occupied earth long before humans and have shared the earth with us for millenniums. Insects have influenced human culture in myriad ways (e.g. the flea and its connection to the Bubonic Plague destroying two thirds of Europe and the mosquito carrying malaria world-wide). Insects are included in the creation myths of many indigenous cultures. The praying mantis became a symbol of the Surrealist Movement. This presentation will explore insects in diverse cultures and describe their influence on music, art, superstitions, and foods.

John Stoffolano is an entomologist who has been called the “Indiana Jones of fly research” by Yankee magazine. Dr. Stoffolano has taught at UMass Amherst for 46 years and is currently writing a book on the impact of insects on human culture. He has also published Tonino, the Adventure of a Boy/Cricket from Boston’s North End.

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