“At the end of the summer, I felt I not only lived and studied in a foreign culture, but that I had become a part of that culture.”

Christopher Gellert
Christopher Alexander Gellert

Name: Christopher Alexander Gellert

Birth place: Cleveland, Ohio

Age: 25

Occupation: English teacher, DuocUC in Concepción, Chile

Languages: English, French, Spanish

Currently reading: “Antología de la poesía contemporánea,” edited by Alfonso Calderón; “The Glass Key,” by Dashiell Hammett; “La vie sexuelle de Catherine M.,” by Catherine Millet

What is your most memorable international experience:?

The summer after I studied in college in Paris, I moved in with one of my best friends in the 7th arrondissement to save on living expenses during an internship at Marianne. I composed twin short stories —– one in English and one in French, variations on a theme — which I had received a grant to write. At the end of the summer, I felt I not only lived and studied in a foreign culture, but that I had become a part of that culture.

How did you become interested in international affairs? 

After I lived in Rennes in high school, the world took on a different color. I had the privilege to share a roof with a French family and see the world through their eyes. It helped me understand what life was lived in another place — I was able to appreciate a part of the rich tapestry of our experience. Life is not the same everywhere and is not lived the same.

What international issue is of greatest interest to you today?

Climate change. How we address this issue will determine our survival as a species.
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