Tourism expert Kimberly J. Williams will speak about the 2024 North American eclipse and its potential impact on the Arkansas River Valley during an appearance at Arkansas Tech University on Thursday, April 7.
Williams will speak starting at 10 a.m. at Witherspoon Auditorium, 407 West Q Street in Russellville. Entrance will be free and open to the public.
Those who cannot attend in person can watch online at https://atu.webex.com/atu/j.php?MTID=m7611957c80e5b1668f8510b064cf622e.
There will be a total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024. According to Astronomy magazine, Russellville, Ark., will be one of the 10 best places in North America to view the eclipse.
The American Astronomical Society specifies on a web page dedicated to the 2024 event (https://eclipse.aas.org/eclipse-america-2024) that a total solar eclipse is “one of the most impressive spectacles in all of nature.”
Williams is director of Arkansas’ Great River Road/All-American Road, travel writer for the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism, and project manager for the department’s 2024 eclipse preparations . She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in communications from Arkansas State University.
The conference is hosted by ATU faculty members Susan West and Cass Capen-Housley from Arkansas Tech’s Hospitality Administration program.
Learn more about ATU’s areas of study in tourism at www.atu.edu/prha.