May 24, 2024 12:50 am
Library of Congress Science Historian Shares Insights on Eclipse at WC }}>{Our Campus

The renowned historian, Dr. Josh Levy, is set to speak at Westminster College’s total solar eclipse watch party. The event will take place on April 8th, at 4:30 p.m., in the Dietz Sullivan Lecture Hall located within Hoyt Science Center. During his presentation, Levy will delve into the historical significance of solar eclipse expeditions and present on “From Pemmican to Palembang: Eclipse Expedition Collections at the Library of Congress.”

In his talk, Levy will focus on manuscripts from three different expeditions: the 1860 eclipse in northern Saskatchewan, the 1889 eclipse in coastal Angola and the 1926 eclipse in Sumatra. He will explore how each expedition, intertwined with imperial networks, shed light on the relationship between science and empire as well as human interactions that contribute to scientific knowledge.

Levy holds a Ph.D. in modern U.S history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Theological Studies degree from Harvard Divinity School. His insights into this topic are sure to enlighten attendees and provide a unique perspective on these historical events. This event is open to the public and free to attend; a reception will follow where attendees can enjoy light refreshments. The Department of History at Westminster College is proud to sponsor this engaging lecture alongside the Office of Professional Development and Community Engagement.

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