Renowned Travel Writer Meets with Students, Campus Community
On October 12, internationally recognized author, entrepreneur, and travel expert Tom Brosnahan traveled right here to St. John Fisher College to present, “The Business of Leisure.” While on campus, he also visited with several classes and enjoyed lunch with faculty and staff.
Brosnahan was invited to campus by Drs. Mark Rice and Jim Bowman to speak with their students. One of the classes he visited was Rice’s class, American Abroad, where the students are currently studying about issues in travel writing. Bowman’s class had been required to read Brosnahan’s latest travel memoir, “Turkey: Bright Sun, Strong Tea,” and students are currently writing a paper about the book. So, the chance for them to meet with the author himself was invaluable.
In the evening, he spoke to a crowd of 50 about the business of travel and travel writing, and shared his experience starting his own online travel writing business. He also talked about his latest book, which is a travel memoir that shares his story about his passion for Turkey, how he became a travel writer, and also includes a lot of valuable information about traveling to and around Turkey.
Immediately following his presentation, the group enjoyed tea and baklava in honor of the Turkish theme.
“I found his comments regarding the Internet and electronic publishing particularly insightful. As a student growing up in the digital era, I am naturally inclined towards working through media such as blogs, e-zines and other Internet phenomena,” said Graham Wilcox ’14, an English major. “The professional and financial success he has achieved through his websites provided a valuable insight into an emerging area of the literary world that I find highly relevant.”
Brosnahan’s visit was hosted by the School of Arts and Sciences, English Department, and Fisher’s American Marketing Association Chapter. Co-sponsors included the Turkish Society of Rochester and Dan Edes, Manager, Barnes & Noble Bookstore.
Students enjoying tea and conversation with Brosnahan.