Library of Congress Science Historian Shares Insights on WC Eclipse

Exploring the Science and Empire: A Historic Look at Solar Eclipse Expeditions through Manuscript Collections

On Monday, April 8, at 4:30 p.m., Westminster College will host a discussion on the historical significance of solar eclipse expeditions as part of their total solar eclipse watch party. The event will take place at the Dietz Sullivan Lecture Hall in the Hoyt Science Center and is open to everyone for free.

Josh Levy, a historian of science and technology in the Library of Congress’ manuscript division, will be presenting “From Pemmican to Palembang: Eclipse Expedition Collections at the Library of Congress.” In his talk, Levy will explore manuscripts from three eclipses: 1860 in northern Saskatchewan, 1889 in coastal Angola, and 1926 in Sumatra. Each expedition provided valuable insights into the relationship between science and empire as well as the human encounters that shape 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 background makes him an expert in science and technology, making his presentation all the more insightful.

The lecture is followed by a reception for light refreshments where attendees are welcome to join. This event is sponsored by the Department of History at Westminster College in collaboration with the Office of Professional Development and Community Engagement.

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