Inspired by the return of Brood X or the Great Eastern Brood of periodical cicadas, the People's University at the Ohio County Public Library is offering an 8-class summer series on entomology (insect biology) called "PU Livestream: Bugs & People." The series will feature some of the best entomologists and experts from all over North America to teach attendees about the six major insect orders, as well as the history of human and insect interaction, a subject known as cultural entomology. Due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions still affecting in-person library gatherings, the series will remain an online live stream (see below for details of how to view), which facilitates the nationwide, prestigious faculty.
Abstract: Eric R. Eaton, lead author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, will examine how we create insect pests, for example by introducing them from overseas, labeling them as such when they really are not pests, and how our scale of agriculture drives pest abundance. Insects are also human food, inspire art and literature, inspire inventions, and produce chemicals important to medicine, etc. Insects are vital to our human survival, much like the living seas, and other aspects of the ecosystem.
Instructor Bio: Eric R. Eaton is lead author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America; and author of Wasps: The Astonishing Diversity of a Misunderstood Insect. He has written articles about insects for several magazines. Mr. Eaton studied entomology at Oregon State University, and has worked as a professional entomologist at the University of Massachusetts and Cincinnati Zoo, as well as on private contract for the Smithsonian and West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. As "Bug Eric," he has built a loyal following on social media and as a blogger and is a leading figure in popular entomology.
Kaufman Field Guide to Insects, by Eric R. Eaton and Kenn Kaufman ; with the collaboration of Rick and Nora Bowers ; illustrated with more than 2,350 images based on photos by more than 120 top photographers. (Houghton Mifflin Company, 2007)
[Reserve a copy from the Library]
Many insects are difficult even for the experts to identify. In the new Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, readers will find a wealth of information on the amazing observable behaviors of insects and their fascinating life histories. Naturalists Kenn Kaufman and Eric R. Eaton use a broad ecological approach rather than overly technical terms, making the book accessible and understandable for everyone. The lively and engaging text emphasizes the insects that are most likely to catch our attention but includes information on all groups that can be recognized. The guide is lavishly illustrated, with more than 2,350 digitally enhanced photographs representing every major group of insects found in North America north of Mexico. Comprehensive yet compact, authoritative yet easy to understand, this is the perfect guide for anyone who wants to know more about the fascinating and diverse insects of North America.
Participants in this summer's People's U will have the opportunity to learn about insects while becoming eligible to win various insect-related prizes through interaction with the instructors.
Classes for People’s University LIVESTREAM—"Bugs & People," will meet on Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm, May 27 through July 15, with an in-person field trip to be scheduled the week after our last class. All programs are free and open to the public. Patrons may attend as many classes as they wish. There are no tests or other requirements. For more info about the People’s University LIVESTREAM—"Physical Science, the Joy of Discovery," email [email protected], visit the OCPL's website, or call 304-232-0244.
See full Instructor Bios and Class Abstracts, visit: www.facebook.com/peoplesuniversityOCPL. Click on “Events.” Also, check back for information on a field trip to be scheduled the week after our last class.
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In 1951, the Ohio County Public Library's librarian, Virginia Ebeling, referenced British historian Thomas Carlyle, who said, “the public library is a People’s University,” when she initiated a new adult education program with that name. Miss Ebeling charged the library with the responsibility of reaching “as many people in the community as possible.” In keeping with that tradition of public libraries as sanctuaries of free learning for all people, the Ohio County Public Library revived the series in 2010.
The People’s University features courses (taught by experts in each subject) that enable patrons to pursue their goal of lifelong learning in classic subjects such as history, music appreciation, philosophy, and literature. Patrons may attend as many classes as they wish. There are no tests of other requirements and all programs are free and open to the public. For more information about PU Livestream, Bugs & People, EMAIL US, visit ohiocountylibrary.org or call the library at 304-232-0244.
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