Best-Selling Travel Writer To Speak On African Travel March 16

March 12, 2002

Steve Zikman, a best-selling travel writer, will speak on "African Travel and Travel-Writing as Transformative Experience" for The John N. Jonsson Peace and Justice Lecture Series of Baylor University's African Studies Program at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16, in Barfield Drawing Room at the Bill Daniel Student Center. The lecture is open to the public, and admission is free.

A former attorney from Canada, Zikman left a successful law practice in Toronto for a three-year around-the-world journey. Since then, he has visited more than 50 countries on six continents.

The founder of, Zikman is the author of the acclaimed book The Power of Travel: A Passport to Adventure, Discovery and Growth and co-author of Chicken Soup for the Traveler's Soul, as well as the forthcoming Chicken Soup for the Outdoor Soul, Chicken Soup for the Soul: A Celebration of Home and Chicken Soup for the Everyday Hero's Soul.

Dr. John N. Jonsson, for whom the lecture series is named, is professor of religion at Baylor. A native of South Africa, he served as minister of the Central Baptist Church of Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, and co-founded Treverton College, a private interracial institution in South Africa. He openly protested apartheid and in 1977, he was a candidate for the South African Parliament. He began his tenure at Baylor in 1992.

This year's Jonsson lecture will be held in conjunction with Art & Soul, an international festival of religious faith and literary art, that will run March 14-17 on the Baylor campus.

For more information, contact Dr. Blake Burleson, senior lecturer of religion and interim director of the African Studies program, at 710-4215.

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