Around the World in 50 Minutes:
Wildlife Show Comes to Campus

Marty Essen
Marty Essen
Gentoo Penguins
Gentoo Penguins

Award-winning author Marty Essen will present his high-energy multi-media show, Around the World in 50 Minutes, in the McNichol Room of the Bruder Life Center
on October 7. The program begins at
11:30 a.m.


Essen’s show features interesting facts, humorous stories, and the best of thousands of photos he took while traveling the world for his book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents. “It's the type of show,” explains Essen, “where the audience has fun laughing at the stories, oohing and aahing at the photos, and then, when it's all done, they realize just how much they've learned.”


Around the World in 50 Minutes began as a show Essen presented in bookstores as part of his first book tour. Later, after numerous refinements, the show became popular in colleges, museums, and nature centers across the United States. In fact, Essen has been APCA’s (a major college activities association) #1 booked college speaker for 31 out of the past 35 months. Additionally, Campus Activities Magazine recently named him as one of their “Hot Speaker” picks for 2011.


Highlights of Essen’s show include amazing animal facts and myths, and stories about swimming with piranhas, kayaking in the rainforest, rafting with humpback whales, surviving a hippo attack in Zimbabwe, and hiking with the porcupine caribou migration.


Marty Essen has won multiple book awards for travel/essay writing, including the Benjamin Franklin Award, the Best Books Book Award, and the National Indie Excellence Award. In addition, he won a first place award at the 2009 Green Book Festival in Los Angeles, and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune named Cool Creatures, Hot Planet a top-10 “Green” book.


The show is free and open to the public, but seats must be reserved in advance by calling Dr. Patricia Fallest-Strobl at 610-558-5632.



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