The Harvard Museum of Natural History will present a lecture and reception with Daniel Lord Smail on Thursday, October 24, beginning at 6 pm in Haller Hall, 26 Oxford Street in Cambridge, entitled Time Reckonings. It is hard to imagine life functioning without a universal, scientific, and technologically-driven system of time-keeping and measurement, yet it once did. One of the great transformations in European history was the shift from relative time to absolute time. With this shift, the modern discipline of history became subject to chronological reckonings and concordances. Daniel Lord Smail will explore these ways of interpreting time. This event is in conjunction with the current Harvard Museums of Science and Culture exhibition Time and Time Again at the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments. Lecture followed by reception in the HMNH galleries.Â Free and open to the public.Â Free event parking is available at the 52 Oxford Street Garage after 5 pm.