Don teaches journalism at the University of Richmond in Richmond, VA, after having pioneered his course, “Slow Journalism in a Fast World: The Out of Eden Experiment” at the Robertson School of Media and Culture at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2014. The course is based on the Out of Eden Walk, a 7-year, 22,000-mile trek around the world launched by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Salopek in early 2013.
During his 30-year career at National Geographic magazine, Don has taught dozens of writing workshops, tutorials, and short courses, and delivered guest lectures at a number of institutions of higher learning, including Harvard Law School, Hood College, San Diego State University, the University of San Diego, George Washington University, the University of South Carolina, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Oregon State University. He has delivered commencement addresses to the International School of Indiana and Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Mass Communications.
In partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Don will be sharing his Out of Eden curriculum with university educators around the United States, and eventually the world, to raise awareness of this unique and historic project and its application as a resource for educators in fields such as journalism, anthropology, geography, history, international studies, environmental science, archaeology, and religion. Ann Peters of the Pulitzer Center wrote about Don’s first Workshop on the Walk here.
Don also summarizes his university curriculum in the Pulitzer Center video below, which includes interviews with several of his students.