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Knowledge of the cosmos was not always rocket science. This webinar, hosted by the Alumnae Association and led by Mariam Sabri ’10, considers the history of the cosmos in comparative perspective. It reflects on the historical processes by which cosmic knowledge across Eurasia was created and deliberated from the ancient period to the rise of European colonialism and examines how ancient cultures from the Americas to Afro-Eurasia made sense of the cosmos. 

Mariam Sabri is a historian of South Asia and the littoral Indian Ocean world from 1500–2000 CE. Sabri is currently a doctoral candidate in history with a designated emphasis in science and technology studies. Sabri's research specialties traverse the history of science, technology and the environment. Sabri's doctoral dissertation research is supported by the Social Science Research Council and the National Science Foundation. Sabri is also a recent recipient of UC Berkeley's Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award. While the dissertation remains their main labor of love, Sabri also pens poetry on the side for solace. Sabri is completing their first anthology Vitriolic Verses.

This event will be recorded. This event is being conducted over Zoom. As the host, Mount Holyoke College reserves the right to record this session and the event sponsors will give prior notification to event participants of any intention to do so. The recording feature for others is disabled so that no one else will be able to record this session through Zoom. At all times, no recording by any other means is permitted without prior written permission from the event sponsor or as an approved accommodation.

This event will include an oral and visual presentation about ancient cultures and the cosmos. For inquiries about the accessibility of this event or to request any accommodations, please email or call Danielle Lund at 413-538-2159. Please make accommodation requests 10 business days prior to the event or sooner in order to allow for implementation time; however, in all situations, a good faith effort will be made to provide accommodations up until the time of the event.

This event is scheduled at 12 p.m. EST on January 27. To view in your time zone, you may wish to visit for a time zone converter:

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