Travel Author Rick Steves to 'Discuss Travel as a Political Act'

Internationally known author, public television and radio host, and producer Rick Steves will discuss “Travel as a Political Act,” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24, in the Celebration Center of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. Tickets for this event, presented by the Augustana Library Associates, are $10 and are available at

The event is free for Augustana students however, tickets are required.

In an age when Americans are being increasingly manipulated by fear, Steves makes the case that a traveler can be like the court jester — leave the castle, learn what’s going on, come home, and tell the truth. For years, Steves has used his popular travel shows on public television and the companion travel guides to make the world a smaller place. In 2009, Steves wrote the book, Travel as a Political Act, starting with the premise that we can’t begin to understand the world without experiencing it. “Travel connects people and helps us fit more productively into a shrinking world, inspiring creative new solutions to persistent problems.”

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Steves’ “back door” philosophy of travel originally encouraged saving money, but it also has fostered a deeper understanding of the travelers with those who live in the countries they visit.

Steves has become increasingly outspoken on the need for Americans to fit better into our planet by broadening our perspectives through travel, either literally or virtually. In addition to his guidebooks, TV and radio work, Steves is a syndicated newspaper columnist with the Tribune Media Services. He appears frequently on television, radio, and online as the leading authority on European travel, adding creative depth to his shows such as the recent program featuring the Edmonds, Washington symphony orchestra.

The event is free for Augustana students however, tickets are required.

Steves is committed to his own neighborhood, an active member of the Lutheran church (and host of the ELCA's national video productions including educational videos on Martin Luther and the European Reformation), and a board member of NORML (the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws). Steves recently provided his local YWCA with a 24-unit apartment building with which to house homeless mothers.