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Life is truly bizarre, and the more familiar we are with this bizarreness, the richer our writing will be. Taught by a writer—not a biologist—this class will look at the ways scientists have written about the origin, developments, and characteristics of life itself, reading the work of great biologists such as Lynn Margulis, Nick Lane, Bonnie Bassler, and Alexander Oparin. The class will access some of the deepest and most fascinating thoughts about the interconnected system of things that move, dream, make decisions, and reproduce on a thin layer of this rocky planet.
Charles Tonderai Mudede is a Zimbabwean-born writer, filmmaker, and cultural critic. He writes about film, books, music, crime, art, economics, and urban theory for The Stranger. Mudede has made three films, two of which, Police Beat and Zoo, premiered at Sundance, and one, Zoo, was screened at Cannes. Mudede has written for the New York Times, Arcade Journal, Cinema Scope, Ars Electronica, The Village Voice, Radical Urban Theory, and C Theory. Mudede is also on the editorial board for the Black Scholar, which is based at the University of Washington, and between 1999 and 2005, lectured on post-colonial theory at Pacific Lutheran University, and in 2003 published a short book, Last Seen, with Diana George. Mudede has lived in Seattle since 1989.