Lawrence Hunt, an Associate Professor of English, discovered
Helga's story while Director of Writing at Whitworth College
in Spokane, Washington. A graduate of the University of Washington,
she researched Helga Estby's epic journey for her Ph.D. dissertation
at Gonzaga University. A freelance writer, with articles in
regional and national publications, she traveled throughout
America and in Norway to reconstruct Helga's silenced story
and the tapestry of a transitional era between Victorian assumptions
and the "new woman" emerging at the turn-of-the-century.
An engaging speaker, she also keynotes events, conferences,
Linda now directs the Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship (see
with her husband Jim. Founded in 1998 after Krista, their
25-year-old married daughter, died in a bus accident while
serving in a remote river valley in Bolivia, the Foundation
encourages other young adults engaged in global service. Linda
and Jim have two other adult children, Susan and Jefferson.
To read more of Linda's writings:
See the abridged essay from Arches magazine A Terrible Beauty: Love and Loss in Bolivia that gives a glimpse of a family's journey with grief and healing. The complete essay is available at www.kristafoundation.org.