Thursday, May 19, 2016

How to See Science: A Media History

An Illustrated Presentation By

Oliver Gaycken, University of Maryland

Lecture at 6:00 PM

The museum will be open prior to the lecture.

Followed by the Annual Members' Reception

(Free for members, $10 for non-members)

Please Register Here

for the Lecture and the Reception

Left: Still from The Cheese Mites, 1903. ; Right: Pollen of Malva sylvestris. Photomicrograph by Henry Leffmann, July 1926. Lantern slide collection of the Wagner Free Institute of Science.

Images are critically important to science education. From historic lantern slides to silent films to today’s YouTube videos, visual media have a unique way of engaging people and revealing aspects of our world that were previously unknown or invisible. As a provider of free science education since 1855, the Wagner itself has used a variety of visual tools to teach science throughout the years. At this Weeknights at the Wagner lecture, the last in our year-long 150th building anniversary celebration, we invite you to feast your eyes on selections from the Wagner’s lantern slide collection and the wider world of scientific cinema, presented by University of Maryland professor Oliver Gaycken, an expert on the history of popular science.

Oliver Gaycken is an Associate Professor in the Department of English and a core faculty member of the Film Studies and Comparative Literature Programs at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is the author of Devices of Curiosity: Early Cinema and Popular Science (Oxford University Press 2015). His articles have appeared in Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television; Science in Context; Journal of Visual Culture; Early Popular Visual Culture; Screen; and the collection Learning with the Lights Off. 

Following the lecture we welcome our members to join Dr. Gaycken in the museum for our Annual Member Reception. In addition to light refreshments, we will also be displaying some historic visual aids that were recently found in our lecture hall’s projection booth and catalogued by our Librarian. Non-members are also welcome to attend the reception for $10.00 per person.











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