Steves Brings Community to OC for Global Lecture

Travel writer and TV personality Rick Steves spoke to an overflow crowd of more than 1,500 people at Oklahoma Christian earlier this month.

Steves’ lecture, Cultivating a Global Perspective through Travel, sold out Hardeman Auditorium. Oklahoma Christian accommodated the demand by setting up a live feed of the lecture in Judd Theatre.

Sponsors for the event included the Oklahoman, KOSU, OETA and KaliKosmos Travel.

Steves advocates smart, affordable, perspective-broadening travel, helping travelers connect intimately and authentically with Europe for a fraction of what mainstream tourists pay.

Over the past 20 years, he has hosted more than 100 travel shows for public television. His Rick Steves’ Europe TV series is carried by more than 300 stations, reaching 95 percent of U.S. markets. He also created two award-winning television specials, Rick Steves’ European Christmas and Rick Steves’ Iran.

Steves also hosts a weekly public radio program, Travel with Rick Steves, and has created a series of audio walking tour podcasts for museums and neighborhoods in Paris, Rome, Florence, Venice, London and Athens.

He has written more than 50 other country, city and regional guidebooks, phrase books, and “snapshot” guides since first publishing his travel skills book, “Europe Through the Back Door,” in 1980. For several years, “Rick Steves’ Italy” has been the bestselling international guidebook sold in the United States.

In addition to his guidebooks, television and radio work, Steves is a syndicated newspaper columnist with Tribune Media Services. He appears frequently on television, radio, and online as the leading authority on European travel.

Spring 2012

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