The Science of Solar Eclipse Expeditions: A Look at Historical Collections and Insights from Dr. Josh Levy

Library of Congress Science Historian Shares Insights on WC Eclipse

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 within the Hoyt Science Center.

Dr. Levy, an expert in science and technology, will be presenting “From Pemmican to Palembang: Eclipse Expedition Collections at the Library of Congress.” During his lecture, he will examine manuscripts from three significant solar eclipses: 1860 in northern Saskatchewan, 1889 in coastal Angola, and 1926 in Sumatra.

Each expedition offered valuable insights into the relationship between science and empire as well as the human encounters that shape 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.

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 Westminster College’s Department of History in collaboration with the Office of Professional Development and Community Engagement.

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