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Travel as a Political Act, with Rick Steves

Press Release

For immediate release

Contact: Esty Dinur, edinur@wisc.edu, (608) 262-3907

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The Wisconsin Union Theater presents travel guru Rick Steves on Thursday, 11/15/18 at 6:30pm in Shannon Hall. Prices for the event are as follows: UW-Madison Students are $10, Youth are $20, Union Members are $32, UW Faculty and Staff are $34, and General Public is $35. Tickets may be bought online, by phone at 608-265-ARTS (2787) or in person, see locations and hours here.

Over the years, Steves has created two TV shows, a tour company, and a series of guide books, which have made him somewhat of a symbol for the “everyman” American traveler interested in getting a good taste of local European life. He’s also done a fair amount of political activism. When he’s not globetrotting, Steves raises funds for the hunger advocacy group Bread for the World and is an active supporter of U.S. Drug Policy reform. Most recently, he released a new edition of his book Travel as a Political Act, in which he advocates for ways that travel can (and should) open travelers’ minds and shift their perspectives.

In his event Travel as a Political Act, discover how travel has shaped Steves’ worldview, social activism, and political work. He’ll talk about the role of government and America’s place in relation to the rest of the world, and shed light on his experiences as an American traveler in with anecdotes and satirical humor. This is presented as part of International Education Week.

The talk is presented by the Wisconsin Union Theater’s Performing Arts Committee and supported by the International Division at UW-Madison. This show was supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. WORT, 89.9 FM is the media sponsor.