Excitement is reaching a fever pitch at DePauw University during the anticipation of the arrival of the total solar eclipse on April 8th. Located in the heart of central Indiana, DePauw is in the perfect position to witness this breathtaking celestial phenomenon.

The anticipation has started since early February with interdisciplinary programming, titled DePauw DeClipse, surrounding this extraordinary spectacle. A particularly captivating event is "The Hidden Sun," which took place on March 13 in the Thompson Recital Hall. This literary, musical, and visual celebration featured collaborations with 15 Hoosier poets and live music to explore the artistic side of the eclipses, sponsored by Brick Street Poetry and the Creative School at DePauw.

The eagerness and anticipation for this rare event are evident among the DePauw community. Professor Jose Perez Reisler, from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, reminisced about his past eclipse encounters and expressed his excitement for the upcoming celestial event: “I witnessed a solar eclipse when I was very little back in Puerto Rico and one in Washington DC, but I have never seen a total eclipse. I think the school is preparing very well with the scheduling and events, and I am so excited for the students! It may be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for them!” 

Similarly, Tran Vo, a freshman ('27), shared her enthusiasm, stating: “I've heard so much about [total solar eclipses], but I've never actually seen one before. The lineup of events leading up to the eclipse, especially 'The Hidden Sun,' were absolutely interesting and artistic. I can't wait to witness this incredible phenomenon firsthand. It's going to be a moment I'll never forget!" 

On April 8th, there will be no class in the afternoon, allowing all members of the DePauw family to gather together and witness this celestial appearance firsthand. To ensure that everyone can safely observe the eclipse, all students, faculty, and staff will be provided with free eclipse glasses. These specially designed glasses will allow viewers to gaze directly at the sun without harming our eyes—a truly invaluable opportunity to witness the beauty of totality.

Remember to mark the calendars and come together to witness the magic of the total solar eclipse!