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March Titan Talk event examines the past and the world beyond

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Posted on Friday, March 8, 2019

NEW WILMINGTON, PA – Westminster College’s Dr. Angela Lahr, associate professor of history, and Dr. Thomas Oberst, associate professor of physics, will continue the 2019 Titan Talk series with “The World and You & What in the World is Out There?” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, in the Dietz Sullivan Lecture Hall on Westminster’s campus.

Dr. Lahr will present “The World and You: What We Can Learn from the Past” and discuss what U.S. history can teach us and how it can help us find our place in the world. She will highlight examples of individuals who have reflected on these questions in profound and far-reaching ways.

Dr. Oberst, who has been instrumental in the discovery of 20 exoplanets over the past five years, will discuss “What in the World is Out There? Searching for Planets Beyond our Solar System.” Oberst will highlight these new worlds and explain his discovery process and his continued exploration.

Lahr, who joined the Westminster faculty in 2013, earned her undergraduate degree in history from the University of Evansville and her master’s and Ph.D. in history from Northern Illinois University. She teaches courses in U.S. history and Japanese history and her research interests include American religious history, the Cold War and women’s history.

Oberst, who has been with Westminster since 2008, earned undergraduate degrees in physics and mathematics from Duquesne University and his master’s and Ph.D. in astrophysics from Cornell University. He teaches courses in physics and astronomy at Westminster, where he also directs the Westminster College Planetarium.

Established in the fall of 2018, Westminster College’s Titan Talk is a three-part series featuring Westminster scholars and professionals and aimed at helping human beings develop their best selves and live lives with a mindful purpose.

TITAN Talk events are free and open to the public, but reservations are due by Friday, March 15. To register, visit For more information, please contact Nicole Hunter, assistant director of alumni engagement and coordinator of TITAN Talk, at 724-946-7373 or