Coffee with the Curators: Early Astronomy

Event details

Thursday, January 12, 2023 from 9:00pm - 11:00pm


Hatcher Gallery Event Space, Hatcher Library North

Event typeExhibit Opening

Celebrate the opening of our latest exhibit in the Audubon Room: Early Astronomy in the University of Michigan Collections. Join the exhibit curators, John Steele, Francesca Schironi, Evyn Kropf, and Pablo Alvarez, for an informal conversation about the making of this project, followed by a tour of the exhibit. There will be coffee and other refreshments.

The exhibit traces how astronomy was developed, studied, and disseminated through the centuries, from 1500 BCE to the Renaissance. It highlights material drawn from the University of Michigan collections, including manuscripts, early printed books, and artifacts, all of which illustrate Mesopotamian, Greek, Islamic, and Western European astronomy.

Vignettes from the third-century papyrus PMich.Inv. 924; the fourteenth- or fifteenth-century Persian manuscript Isl. Ms. 823; and Kepler’s "Astronomia nova" (Prague,1609). Designed by Genesis Gonzales.


Library contact

Pablo Alvarez ·

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