Join us for a lecture and member reception to end our year-long
150th building anniversary celebration.
How to See Science: A Media History
An illustrated Weeknights at the Wagner presentation
By Oliver Gaycken, University of Maryland
Starts at 6 PM in the Wagner's historic lecture hall
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 scientific cinema, presented by University of Maryland professor Oliver Gaycken.
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 talk, Wagner members are invited to join us
for the Annual Member Reception.
In addition to light refreshments, we will also be displaying some historic visual teaching tools that were recently found in our lecture hall’s projection booth and catalogued by our Librarian. Members are invited to this reception for free. Non-members and guests are asked to pay $10 to attend the event. We will accept cash and credit card payments only on the day of the event - no advance sales will be collected.