Christopher Griffin is from the West of Ireland, having grown up in County Galway, near W. B. Yeats’ Thoor Ballylee and Lady Gregory’s Coole Park. He studied Irish literature at Trinity College and University College in Dublin, and pursued graduate study at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Christopher has published many articles and theatre reviews. Christopher is a lecturer in English at The George Washington University, where he teaches Irish poetry, drama, and fiction. For 28 years he taught arts and humanities mostly to working adults at Strayer University in Washington, D.C. He has also taught at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University of the District of Columbia, and Catholic University. For the past 20 years, he has led classes on Irish literature and Shakespeare at Washington, D.C.’s legendary bookstore, Politics and Prose. Christopher has led two Smithsonian Journeys programs to Ireland, and looks forward to making this special Transatlantic crossing with Smithsonian travelers.