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A Biological and Literary look at Barbara Kinsolver's book "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle"

A rousing conversation about the book led by Dayna Del Val and Dr. Andrew “Mazz” Marry

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About this class:

This is a 4-week virtual class using the Zoom platform.

Sundays Sept 10 (chapters 1-7) Sept 17 (chapters 8-13) Sept 24 (chapters 14-17) Oct 1(chapters 18-20) - 2-3:15 pm CT

Dr Andrew "Mazz" Marry, a plant cell wall biochemist and Dayna Del Val, a former English professor turned arts activist turned coach and public speaker have long wanted to look at Kingsolver's book from their two very different perspectives. Join us for what is sure to be a rousing conversation through this fascinating book!

Instructor bio:

Dr Andrew " Mazz" Marry is an Irishman who grew up in England (and worked on sugar beet for his PhD!) who now studies aquaponics for feeding a growing global population and is the chair of the Biological Sciences Dept at Minnesota State University Moorhead. 

Dayna Del Val is a native North Dakotan who didn't grow up on a farm but whose ancestors homesteaded in Bowman county in the early 20th century; she has a Masters degree in English from NDSU. Together, they are a one-two punch of Science, Technology, Engineering, ARTS and Math (STEAM).

Humanities North Dakota classes and events are funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


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