OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will host travel expert and bestselling author Rick Steves March 31.
His presentation, “Europe Through the Back Door,” will feature smooth, affordable tips to help travelers make the most of a European experience.
OC’s director of international programs, John Osborne, said Steves will provide valuable knowledge from his diverse experiences abroad.
“Bringing him here gives our campus and local community the opportunity to hear from one of the leading voices in travel and international understanding,” Osborne said. “Rick has an engaging way of pulling his audience into his message.”
In 1976, Steves began Rick Steves’ Europe, which now consists of more than 100 full-time employees at his headquarters in Edmonds, Washington. He produces guidebooks on European travel, a televised travel series, a weekly hour-long national public radio show, a weekly column, and travel information through ricksteves.com.
Osborne said Steves can help people open their minds and hearts to different cultures.
“Rick has a unique way of helping people look outside themselves and reach out to someone who comes from a different culture and way of thinking,” Osborne said. “I’m looking forward to being challenged by what he has to say.”
The event will begin at 6 p.m. with a VIP reception featuring a meet and greet with Steves in the Gaylord University Center. Steves’ lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. in OC’s Hardeman Auditorium.
When Steves spoke at Oklahoma Christian in 2012, the event sold out weeks in advance. Reserved lecture tickets are available for $17.50 and VIP reception tickets are available for $100 at www.oc.edu/ricksteves.
The VIP tickets include a complimentary lecture ticket with prime auditorium seating, a copy of Steves’ book for signing, and a picture with Steves.
Oklahoma Christian is ranked as one of the best universities in the western United States by The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report. OC offers undergraduate programs in more than 80 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, computer science, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.