Extra Credit: Microcosmos

Monday, Feb. 18, 6pm

A documentary of insect life in meadows and ponds, using incredible close-ups, slow motion, and time-lapse photography. It includes bees collecting nectar, ladybugs eating mites, snails mating, spiders wrapping their catch, a scarab beetle relentlessly pushing its ball of dung uphill, endless lines of caterpillars, an underwater spider creating an air bubble to live in, and a mosquito hatching. 

This film is kid-friendly! We are showing the English language version. 

Microcosmos is the latest film in Extra Credit, a collaboration between Ragtag and the University of Missouri's The Connector. Once a month, we screen a film and different researchers join us to expand on some aspect of a movie. 

Free for members! Regular prices for non-members.

Meet the panelists!

Lise Saffran, MPH, MFA

Lise Saffran is the Director of the Master of Public Health program at the University of Missouri where she teaches Storytelling in Public Health and Policy. She has degrees in public health from the University of North Carolina School of Public Health (now the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health) and creative writing from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, University of Iowa. Her research and teaching focus on the ways in which storytelling can enhance self-awareness and cultural humility in public health practice and improve communication around significant issues of public concern. Her academic papers and creative nonfiction have been published in the Journal of Medical Humanities, Medical Humanities, Academic Medicine, Scientific American, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Journal of Applied Arts in Health, Poets and Writers, Orion and elsewhere. The recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Hedgebrook Community of Writers, she has published short fiction in the Crab Orchard review, Gulf Stream Magazine, Puerto del Sol, Granta Books’ FAMILY WANTED anthology and is the author of the novel JUNO’S DAUGHTERS (Penguin/Plume 2011).


Dr. Kevin Rice

Kevin’s research involves examining the economic damage created by invasive insects, monitoring dispersal patterns among habitats, creating new pest detection methods that help implement IPM strategies, and examining the effect of host plant species diet on insect development and fitness. He combines lab and field work that connects to ecological theory that ultimately can be translated and transferred to growers through Extension outlets.