Solar Eclipse Expeditions: Past, Present and Future: A Historical Perspective by Expert Historian Josh Levy

Library of Congress Science Historian Shares Insights on WC Eclipse

Westminster College will be hosting a discussion on the historical significance of solar eclipse expeditions as part of their total solar eclipse watch party. The event, which will take place at the Dietz Sullivan Lecture Hall in the Hoyt Science Center on Monday, April 8, at 4:30 p.m., will feature a presentation by historian Josh Levy, who specializes in science and technology in the Library of Congress’ manuscript division.

Levy’s presentation, “From Pemmican to Palembang: Eclipse Expedition Collections at the Library of Congress,” will explore manuscripts from three expeditions: 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 human encounters that shaped scientific knowledge.

Josh 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 expertise in science and technology makes him an ideal candidate to speak about this topic.

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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