“Around the World in 90 Minutes” Comes to WWU

Award-winning author Marty Essen will present his high-energy digital Marty Essenslide show, “Around the World in 90 Minutes,” at William Woods University Jan. 19 as part of the President’s Concert and Lecture Series.


The program, which is free and open to the public, will be at 7 p.m. in Cutlip Auditorium of the McNutt Campus Center.


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 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,” Essen said.

“Around the World in 90 Minutes” began as a show Essen presented in bookstores as part of his first book tour. After numerous refinements, the show took on a life of its own in colleges across the United States. In fact, it has been APCA’s (a major college activities association) #1 booked college lecture for 15 months straight.


Highlights of “Around the World in 90 Minutes” include amazing animal facts, debunking animal myths, bizarre creatures, endangered species, swimming with piranhas and surviving a hippo attack in Zimbabwe.


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, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune named “Cool Creatures, Hot Planet” a top-10 “green” book.


The President’s Concert and Lecture Series was created by William Woods University to encourage student and community participation in educational and cultural events.


For more information, contact Brenda Foster at (573) 592-4219 or bfoster@williamwoods.edu.