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Movies in the Park to feature PeayClipse talk on "Ancient Cultures Guided by the Stars"

Ancient human cultures were astute observers of the stars, sun and moon, and they learned to use these observations to develop intricate systems of agriculture and navigation. At 7 p.m. on June 10, as part of the City of Clarksville’s Movies in the Park series, Austin Peay State University Agriculture Professor and Chair, Dr. Donald Sudbrink, will discuss the early uses of astronomy in agriculture and navigation, including information on the Master Navigators of the South Pacific Islands, as part of a special lecture before that evening’s film, “Moana.”

Sudbrink’s talk is the first in a series of events promoting the upcoming Total American Eclipse, which will occur Aug. 21, with Clarksville being one of the cities nearest to the point of greatest eclipse. Austin Peay is celebrating the phenomenon by creating a series of educational events surrounding the eclipse, coined as the PeayClipse experience.

The University will have a vendor booth setup at the event, offering solar viewing glasses and special commemorative educational books about the eclipse, as well as tickets for access parking for events that will be held in the Dunn Center and Forterra Stadium on the day of eclipse. For details, please visit apsu.edu/eclipse.

In addition to Sudbrink’s talk and the film, “Moana,” concessions will be available, including a food truck from the Overtime Bar + Grill. The evening’s events include:

6:30 p.m.            Limbo and hula hoop contest

7 p.m.            PeayClipse talk by Dr. Don Sudbrink, “Ancient Cultures Guided by the Stars

7:30 p.m.            Hawaiian Civic Club demonstration

7:45 p.m.            Performance by Acro Dance Express

8 p.m.            Culvers Frozen T-shirt Contest

8:15 p.m.            Featured film, “Moana”


Dr. Donald Sudbrink is a full professor and chair of the Agriculture department and runs the Farm and Environmental Education Center. He received his B.S in Agriculture from the University of Delaware and an M.S in Entomology-Plant Pathology from University of Tennessee. His Ph.D., from Auburn University, is in Entomology, and he’s a member of the Entomological Society of America. Dr. Sudbrink worked as an assistant professor at Delta State University before starting at APSU in 2006. He is currently involved in many different research/teaching areas involving sustainable agriculture, entomology and preservation of native crop species.