To celebrate the Great American Eclipse visible in Nashville on Aug. 21, Lipscomb’s LIGHT program, a program to encourage the global mindset within the Lipscomb community, will host an eclipse viewing party from noon to 2 p.m. on the lawn at Burton Science Center.
Various colleges will set-up booths across campus with giveaways for eclipse watchers to enjoy, and if there is rain, the eclipse event will be held in Allen Arena, where a live feed of the eclipse will be shown.
Starting at 11:58 a.m. and ending at 2:54 p.m., the eclipse will leave Lipscomb’s campus in total darkness from 1:27-1:29 p.m. From 1:15 p.m. to 2 p.m. classes will be suspended so that students, faculty and staff can gather on the lawn of Burton to watch. Various screens around campus will display a live feed of the eclipse as seen across the United States throughout the day.
Lipscomb's Quest Week team will distribute LIGHT T-shirts and eclipse glasses to incoming freshman and transfers, and on Aug. 21, the Office of Student Life and the College of Professional Studies will distribute remaining eclipse glasses to Lipscomb faculty, staff, upperclassman and remaining students.
During the watch party, the Raymond B. Jones College of Engineering will also be selling eclipse-themed T-shirts while the LIGHT program members will distribute Sun Drop sodas. The College of Business will also be distributing free Moon Pies in Bison Square.
As a follow-up to the natural phenomenon, HumanDocs, a documentary film series at Lipscomb, will feature the documentary, Chasing Shadows, on Sunday, Aug. 20 at 10 p.m. in Shamblin Theatre. The film is free and open to the public.
The 60-minute documentary follows young astronomer Geoff Sims as he seeks to capture the perfect eclipse, his travels taking him from the plains of Africa to the icescapes of Svalbard, Norway. Chasing Shadows blends the facts of science with the emotion and spirituality of one person's passionate pursuit of one of nature's most intriguing phenomena.