After graduation, Eric Christenson learned to teach writing from ski instructors and pottery teachers who taught by demonstration. He learned the connections between literature and history by teaching the English half of American Civilization in Northern Virginia. His message to undergrad English majors in education is to learn to write well so you can teach it and learn to connect academia and the world, and life can take you far. It took his wife and him in retirement to co-produce a PBS documentary (The Marshall Plan: Against the Odds) and to Paris many times as writers, researchers, and consultants to the State Department. Retired at 82, Eric submits liberal letters to our local paper in our Southern town, tutors high school students heading to college, does a little public speaking, and walks the golf course twice a week.

Posted Nov. 12, 2019