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Exploring the Past through the Lens of Solar Eclipses: A Historian’s Perspective on Expedition Collections

BySamantha Johnson

Mar 27, 2024
Library of Congress Science Historian Shares Insights on WC Eclipse

As part of Westminster College’s total solar eclipse watch party, historian Josh Levy will be hosting a discussion on the historical significance of solar eclipse expeditions. 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, an expert in science and technology, will present “From Pemmican to Palembang: Eclipse Expedition Collections at the Library of Congress.” He will explore manuscripts from three eclipses: 1860 in northern Saskatchewan, 1889 in coastal Angola, and 1926 in Sumatra. Each expedition, routed through circuits of empire, provided valuable insights into the relationship between science and empire, as well as the human encounters that shape scientific knowledge.

With 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, Levy brings a unique perspective to his presentation. 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.

By Samantha Johnson

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