Exploring the Science and Empire through Historic Solar Eclipse Expeditions: A Discussion with Dr. Josh Levy at Westminster College

Library of Congress Science Historian Shares Insights on WC Eclipse

Dr. Josh Levy, an expert in the field of science and technology, will be hosting a discussion on the historical significance of solar eclipse expeditions at Westminster College’s total solar eclipse watch party. The event will take place at the Dietz Sullivan Lecture Hall in the Hoyt Science Center on Monday, April 8, at 4:30 p.m.

Levy, a historian of science and technology at the Library of Congress’ manuscript division, will present “From Pemmican to Palembang: Eclipse Expedition Collections at the Library of Congress.” In his talk, he will explore manuscripts from three historic eclipses: 1860 in northern Saskatchewan, 1889 in coastal Angola, and 1926 in Sumatra.

Each expedition offered 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.

The lecture is open to everyone free of charge and attendees are welcome to join the reception following the event for light refreshments. 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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