Library of Congress Science Historian Shares Insights on WC Eclipse

Chasing Shadows: A Look at the Historic Significance of Solar Eclipse Expeditions

Dr. Josh Levy, a historian of science and technology at the Library of Congress’ manuscript division, will be leading 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 on Monday, April 8, at 4:30 p.m., in the Dietz Sullivan Lecture Hall located in the Hoyt Science Center.

During his presentation, titled “From Pemmican to Palembang: Eclipse Expedition Collections at the Library of Congress,” Dr. Levy will explore manuscripts from three different 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 shaped scientific knowledge.

Dr. 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 speaker for 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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