Back from the world

One of Campus Magazine’s 2011 Hot Speaker picks is returning to his hometown to present a part-show-part-lecture, “Around the World in 90 Minutes.”

Marty Essen, Duluth East and University of Minnesota Duluth grad, shares facts, stories and photographs taken while writing his book “Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents.” He’ll present his show at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Rafters at UMD. It’s free and open to the public.

Topics include: animal facts and animal myths, swimming with piranhas, rafting with humpback whales and a hippo attack in Zimbabwe.

Essen claims to have the second-most-popular slide show behind Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth.”