Mycologist and author Lawrence Millman would rather gaze admiringly at a mushroom than pick it and sauté it. With a recent spike of interest in all things fungal, more people are eating mushrooms and using them medicinally; experts like Millman are willing to offer their expertise on fascinating fungi.
In this talk, Millman discusses how mushrooms are much more closely related to humans than to plants, how they engage in sex, how insects farm them, and how certain species happily dine on anything from cockroach antennae to leftover radiation. He will also share how he got interested in mushrooms through his travels in the Arctic and, likewise, from an epiphany in the mountains of North Carolina. After the talk, join Lawrence for a signing of his book, Fungipedia: A Brief Compendium of Mushroom Lore, available for purchase in the Museum store.
Museum doors open at 5:30 PM and the talk begins at 7 PM. Food, beer, and wine will be available for purchase at the Flying Squirrel Café before the talk.
SDNHM Members: $9
About the Author
Lawrence Millman is a mycologist and author of numerous books, including Our Like Will Not Be There Again, Last Places, Fascinating Fungi of New England, and At the End of the World. He has done mycological work in places as diverse as Greenland, Honduras, Iceland, Panama, the Canadian Arctic, Bermuda, and Fresh Pond in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he has documented 321 different species.