After a 21-year career as an infantry officer in the Army, Fred Zilian was an educator 1992-2015 at Portsmouth Abbey School, where he taught history, ethics, and German. Zilian holds a Ph.D. in international relations/strategic studies from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of numerous articles, essays, and book reviews on Germany, Europe, religion, music, education, climate change, globalization, and the Civil War in publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Orbis, Christian Science Monitor, Independent School Magazine,Education Week, Army Times, Defense News, The Record (NJ), Providence Journal, and the Newport Daily News.
He has also published a book: From Confrontation to Cooperation: The Takeover of the National People’s (East German) Army by the Bundeswehr. He blogs with historical, political, and social commentary at www.zilianblog.com and with educational commentary at www.zilianoneducation.com. During the Civil War Sesquicentennial, he wrote a monthly column on the war for the Newport Daily News. He is an adjunct professor at Salve Regina University, Newport, where he teaches history and politics. For close to 20 years, he has been an Abe Lincoln interpreter/presenter (see www.honestaberi.com).