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Sep 23, 2019

Guidebook author and travel TV host Rick Steves returned to Town Hall to take us behind the scenes of his new public television special about hunger, hope, and the impact of smart development aid in the Global South. Building on his passion for “Travel as a Political Act,” Steves shared lessons learned while traveling in Guatemala and Ethiopia—how globalization, technological innovations, the empowerment of women, and climate-smart agriculture are coming together to counter what he calls “The Three Cs” (conflict, corruption, and climate change) and are helping the world’s 800 million poorest people climb out of extreme poverty. Join Steves for an inspiring and urgent talk at the intersection of travel, activism, and cultural enlightenment.

Rick Steves is often called America’s most respected authority on European travel. Steves empowers Americans to take European trips that are fun, affordable, and culturally broadening. In 1976, he started his business, Rick Steves’ Europe, headquartered in Edmonds, Washington near Seattle. There he produces a best-selling guidebook series, a popular public television show, a weekly public radio show, a syndicated travel column, and free travel information available through his travel center and Rick Steves’ Europe also runs a successful small-group tour program taking 30,000 travelers to Europe annually.

Recorded live in The Great Hall by Town Hall Seattle on September 8, 2019.