May Berenbaum

Jan 3, 2023

Why are Insects so Scary? On Insects in Films.

A Lecture by May Berenbaum

New Books Network 2023

This episode from the Vault is a lecture by May Berenbaum about why insects are so scary. Professor Berenbaum is an American entomologist whose research focuses on the chemical interactions between herbivorous insects and their host plants. She teaches entomology at the University of Illinois, and was awarded the National Medal of Science in 2014. She is also the organizer of the annual Insect Fear Film Festival.

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