About Fred Zilian
After reading David Herbert Donald's magisterial biography of Lincoln in 1997, my admiration for our 16th president turned to fascination. I wrote a one-man play, Honest Abe, and for ten years performed it for the students at Portsmouth Abbey School. In 2007 I took the play on the road, first performing it at the Redwood Library in Newport, RI. Since then I have been performing at libraries, schools, group meetings, and over dinner at the White Horse Tavern in Newport. I have also appeared at the Rhode Island state Capitol to kick off the state's celebration of the Lincoln Bicentennial in 2007.

I have been involved in the world of education for 37 years. After a 21-year career as an infantry officer in the Army, I have been an educator since 1992 at Portsmouth Abbey School. I have served as head of the History Department, the assistant headmaster for student services, and most recently dean of faculty. I am also a consultant with Catholic School Management; my specialties are day-to-boarding school conversion, caring for international students, faculty affairs, and Model United Nations programs. I am also an occasional columnist for the Newport Daily News; each month I publish an essay commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. 

I hold a Ph.D. in international relations/strategic studies from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. I have authored numerous articles, essays, and book reviews on the Civil War, Germany, Europe, international affairs, religion, music, globalization, climate change, and education. My most recent non-education articles are posted at my other blog:
www.zilianblog.com. My education-related articles are at my other blog: www.zilianoneducation.com. I have also published a book: From Confrontation to Cooperation: The Takeover of the National People's (East German) Army by the Bundeswehr. I teach ballroom dance with my company, Stardust Dance Lessons (www.stardustdancelessons.co)

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