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Rick Steves presents "Europe Through the Back Door" Nov. 12; Free tickets available Nov. 7 for the Lecture Series event


Rick Steves, Hohenschwangau Castle, Germany (photo courtesy of Rick Steves)
Rick Steves, Hohenschwangau Castle, Germany (photo courtesy of Rick Steves)
Rick Steves, best-selling author and host of "Rick Steves' Europe," will present "Europe Through the Back Door" at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, in Hall Auditorium. His lecture is part of the 2012-2013 Miami University Lecture Series.

Steves advocates smart, affordable, perspective-broadening travel. As host and writer of the popular public television series “Rick Steves' Europe,” and best-selling author of more than 50 European travel books, he encourages Americans to travel as "temporary locals." He helps American travelers connect much more intimately and authentically with Europe — and Europeans — for a fraction of what mainstream tourists pay.

He has also created two award-winning specials for public television: “Rick Steves' European Christmas” and the groundbreaking “Rick Steves' Iran.” Steves hosts a weekly public radio program, “Travel with Rick Steves,” which has spawned a popular podcast. He has also created a series of audio walking tour podcasts for museums and neighborhoods in Paris, Rome, Florence, Venice, London and Athens.

Steves self-published the first edition of his travel skills book, Europe Through the Back Door (now updated annually), in 1980. He has also written more than 50 other country, city and regional guidebooks, phrase books, and "snapshot" guides. For several years, Rick Steves' Italy has been the bestselling international guidebook sold in the U.S.

Rick Steves with schoolgirls in Iran (photo courtesy Rick Steves)
Rick Steves with schoolgirls in Iran (photo courtesy Rick Steves)
In 2009, he explored a new genre of travel writing with Travel as a Political Act, reflecting on how a life of travel has broadened his own perspectives, and how travel can be a significant force for peace and understanding in the world.

Steves took his first trip to Europe in 1969, visiting piano factories with his father, a piano importer. By the time he reached 18, he began traveling on his own, funding his trips by teaching piano lessons. In 1976, he started Europe Through the Back Door (ETBD), a business which has grown from a one-man operation to a company with a well-traveled staff of 80 full-time employees.

The lecture is free, but tickets are required due to limited seating. Tickets will be available at the box office in Shriver Center beginning Wednesday, Nov. 7, for the Miami community and Friday, Nov. 9, for the general public.

Other speakers in the 2012-2013 Lecture Series are: Krista Tippett, “On Being: Spirituality in Modern Times,” Jan. 28 and Neil deGrasse Tyson, “Science As A Way of Knowing,” April 8.


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