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

Exploring the Intersection of Science, Empire, and Humanity: A Total Solar Eclipse Lecture with Dr. Josh Levy

On Monday, April 8 at 4:30 p.m., 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 take place at the Dietz Sullivan Lecture Hall in the Hoyt Science Center.

Levy will discuss the historical significance of solar eclipse expeditions and 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.

As 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 valuable insights to his lecture. The event is open to the public and free to attend, with a reception following where attendees can enjoy light refreshments. The Department of History at Westminster College is proud to sponsor this enlightening event through its Office of Professional Development and Community Engagement.

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