Global Dialogue | On Travel with Rick Steves | Jun 15

June 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
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The Tennessee World Affairs Council

in association with

Belmont University Center for International Business, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia present

Global Dialogue

On Travel: A Conversation with Rick Steves

Travel Writer, Author, Activist and Television Personality

With Host

Amanda Knarr

Member of the Tennessee World Affairs Council Board of Directors

Jun 15, 2021 @ 7 pm CT

Rick Steves in Sognefjord, Norway

Rick Steves

[NY Times Magazine profile of Rick Steves [Here]]

Rick Steves is a popular public television host, a best-selling guidebook author, and an outspoken activist who encourages Americans to broaden their perspectives through travel. But above all else, Rick considers himself a teacher. He taught his first travel class at his college campus in the mid-1970s — and now, more than 40 years later, he still measures his success not by dollars earned, but by trips impacted.

Widely considered America’s leading authority on European travel, Rick produces a best-selling series of guidebooks and is the author of Travel as a Political Act. He is dedicated to providing all Americans with access to travel information, and has made extensive resources available for free on the Rick Steves’ Europe website, via the Rick Steves Audio Europe™ app, and in Rick Steves Classroom Europe™, a searchable database of short, teachable video clips.

A longtime supporter of public broadcasting, Rick produces and hosts public television and radio shows that air across the nation.

Rick is the founder and owner of Rick Steves’ Europe (RSE), a travel business with more than 100 full-time employees. RSE operates a successful tour program which brings more than 30,000 people to Europe annually. The company contributes annually to a portfolio of climate-smart nonprofits, essentially paying a self-imposed carbon tax.

Rick works closely with several advocacy groups and makes regular financial contributions to more than 170 organizations, including annual contributions to Bread for the World. He is a board member of NORML and has been instrumental in the legalization of marijuana in several states. He has also provided $8 million in funding to build two new neighborhood centers in his community, and has donated a 24-unit apartment building for homeless women and their children to his local YWCA.

Rick spends about four months a year in Europe, researching guidebooks, fine-tuning his tour program, filming his TV show, and making new discoveries for travelers. To recharge, he plays piano, relaxes at his family cabin in the Cascade mountains, and spends time with his son Andy and daughter Jackie. He lives and works in his hometown of Edmonds, Washington, where his office window overlooks his old junior high school.

https://www.ricksteves.com

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Amanda Knarr is a member of the Tennessee World Affairs Council Board of Directors

Amanda Knarr recently moved to Nashville from Washington, DC. She is enjoying her now remote role as a global account manager at Forrester Research, a market research and consulting company.

Previously, Amanda led the Western Hemisphere for the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU), a nonpartisan, U.S.-based organization that works to expand international trade and commerce. Ms. Knarr has been responsible for creating partnerships between business and U.S. government agencies on foreign policy initiatives. She has worked extensively with U.S. and foreign government departments and agencies- both federal and local. International affairs is in her blood and she is an alum of the United Nations, the U.S. Government, the Government of the Republic of Chile, multiple internationally-focused think tanks and nonprofits.

She received a Masters of Arts from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University specializing in International Political Economy. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations from Washington & Jefferson College. She is a proud aunt, girlfriend and cat mom. She’s also enjoying new socially-distanced hobbies like gardening and Peloton yoga.


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Details

Date:
June 15
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:15 pm