Lecture and Dialogue on CCS Founder Marvin Mudrick by environmentalist, publisher, and author Karen Christensen (CCS Literature '81)
Karen Christensen is an environmentalist, publisher, and author who chose UC Santa Barbara over Yale because of Marvin Mudrick, who encouraged her as a writer and also asked her teach a College of Creative Studies course on literary letters. After graduation in 1981, Christensen began her career in London and worked for Faber & Faber as assistant to Valerie (Mrs. T. S.) Eliot, completing the only volume of Eliot’s letters that Valerie herself edited, and writing the only memoir Valerie ever published. Christensen’s 2005 memoir “Dear Mrs. Eliot” was a cover story in the Guardian Review. Her popular environmental books have been translated into French, German, Swedish, Japanese, Korean, Thai, and Chinese. She returned to the United States in 1992 and started her own company, specializing in sustainable development, world history, international relations, and Asian studies. She is a member of the National Committee on United States-China Relations and a trustee of the University of Pennsylvania Press, and lives in Great Barrington, Massachusetts and New York City.
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