Solar Eclipse Expeditions: A Look at History through the Eyes of a Science Historian

Library of Congress Science Historian Shares Insights on WC Eclipse

A historian of science and technology, Josh Levy from the Library of Congress’ manuscript division, will be hosting a discussion on the historical significance of solar eclipse expeditions as part of 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, an expert in science and technology, will be presenting “From Pemmican to Palembang: Eclipse Expedition Collections at the Library of Congress.” In his lecture, he 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 ideal candidate to lead this discussion on solar eclipse expeditions.

The lecture is open to everyone free of charge. 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.

A historian of science and technology, Josh Levy from the Library of Congress’ manuscript division, will be hosting a discussion on the historical significance of solar eclipse expeditions as part of 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…

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