Library of Congress Science Historian Shares Insights on Eclipse at WC }}>{Our Campus

Dr. Josh Levy, a historian of science and technology in the Library of Congress’ manuscript division, will be speaking at Westminster College’s total solar eclipse watch party. The event will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 8 at the Dietz Sullivan Lecture Hall in the Hoyt Science Center. Levy will discuss the historical significance of solar eclipse expeditions and will present on “From Pemmican to Palembang: Eclipse Expedition Collections at the Library of Congress.”

During his presentation, Levy will focus on manuscripts from three different eclipses: 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 the human interactions that contribute to scientific knowledge.

Levy, who 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, will bring valuable insights to the lecture. The event is open to the public and free to attend, with a reception following the presentation where attendees can enjoy light refreshments. The Department of History at Westminster College, in collaboration with the Office of Professional Development and Community Engagement, is proud to sponsor this enlightening event.

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