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NAFSA: Travel guide and TV host Rick Steves to address tomorrow

Travel guide and television host Rick Steves

Travel guide and television host Rick Steves will be the featured speaker tomorrow at the 64th Annual Conference of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, taking place this week in Houston. This event will begin at 4:00 PM on Thursday, May 31 in General Assembly Theater B at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Early arrival is strongly advised for reporters interested in covering this event. To obtain a media pass, check in at the on-site registration area in the convention center. A camera riser and mult-box will be available with limited reserved seating for press. 

About the Speaker

Since the 1970’s, Rick Steves has spent 120 days a year—one third of his adult life—living out of a suitcase in Europe. This experience has shaped his thinking about travel and sparked his commitment to activism, a topic he reflects on in his most recent book, “Travel as a Political Act.” Steves’ career began in 1976, when he started Europe Through the Back Door, a business which has grown from a one-man operation to a company with a well-traveled staff of 80 full-time employees in Edmonds, Washington. Steves’ seminal book, “Europe Through the Back Door,” was first published in 1980 and is now updated annually. Rick Steves hosts the popular public television series “Rick Steves’ Europe” and a weekly hour-long national public radio show. In addition to having authored more than 50 European travel guidebooks, he writes a weekly travel column syndicated by the Chicago Tribune. Read more at

NAFSA’s annual conference is the world’s largest gathering of leaders and professionals in international educational exchange. More than 8,400 participants from 95 countries are in attendance this year. The conference runs through Friday, June 1. See all 2012 plenary speakers. 

Other conference highlights for Thursday, May 31:

* Sessions: Conference concurrent sessions will run from 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM and from 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM. These sessions are open to the news media. No reserved seating will be available, and prompt arrival is advised. You can view a complete listing of sessions and speakers at

* Dr. Raymund Paredes, Texas state commissioner for higher education, and Julius Gribou, senior international officer at the University of Texas at San Antonio, will discuss Texas’s unique stake in the global education of its students in the session, “Globalizing Higher Education in Texas’s Policy and Programs” at 8:00 AM.

* Expo: Over 400 organizations are exhibiting at the conference’s International Education Expo. The Expo, located at the convention center, will be open 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM on Thursday. There will be dedicated Expo time on Thursday, 10:30 AM – 2:00 PM – no concurrent sessions are scheduled during that time.

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