How did a grain fungus thwart one man’s dream of world domination? Is there a connection between the Black Death and the Reformation? How was a mundane microbial laboratory test the means by which several German laborers avoided Nazi concentration camps? In the course of human events and God’s providence, microorganisms have played a stealthy but important role. This course is designed to help students draw connections between biology and the historic events where microorganisms have had a notable influence. We will examine the biological attributes of the microbes as well as the historical context for each of these events.
Instructor: Marie Owens
This class will meet 4 days a week from 1 – 4 p.m. ET Monday through Thursday, the weeks of June 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28.
Prerequisites: Life Science or Biology
Credits: 1 (in History or Science, depending on focus of assignments)