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'Step Back from the Baggage Claim' Author to Speak Sept. 10

Acclaimed Author/Motivational Speaker to Open WC's Issues & Artists Series

August 31, 2012

Jason Barger

Jason Barger

Jason Barger spent seven straight days flying 6,458 miles to seven different cities — without leaving the airports the entire time.

His observations and reflections on the ways we are moving throughout our world became the globally celebrated book, Step Back from the Baggage Claim: Change the World, Start at the Airport, which was required summer reading for Wilmington College’s freshmen and discussed during New Student Orientation.

Barger will visit Wilmington College Sept. 10 as the first presenter in the 2012-13 Issues & Artists Series, at 7:30 p.m., in Hugh G. Heiland Theatre. His presentation, which is free of charge, is titled “A New Spirit for the Obstacles, Delays & Cancellations in Life.”

Barger's metaphor speaks to the significance of each individual and the ability we all have to change the cultures of the spaces we move in and out of everyday.

His messages through his books, as a motivational/inspirational speaker and as a consultant are resonating with businesses, nonprofits, faith communities and universities that are passionate about leadership, culture change, service, innovation, compassionate management and social responsibility.

Before taking off to sleep in airports and observe human behavior, Barger led over 1,700 people to construct 125 houses internationally for families living in poverty. He also implemented the Streets Mission Project to serve the homeless on the streets of Columbus, Ohio.

The world’s first concert electric violinist, Tracy Silverman, will be the fall semester’s second Issues & Artists Series program Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m. The BBC lauded him as “the greatest living exponent of the electric violin.”