CV – 1998-present





The Lost Art of Happiness (revised and expanded), Buffalo, NY: Prometheus Press


Good for Business: Ethics in the Marketplace, Mumbai: Hindi Granth Karyalay

The Lost Art of Happiness, Mumbai: Hindi Granth Karyalay

Poems Are Not as Beautiful, Merrick: Cross-Cultural Communications


Seeing through Africa, Merrick, NY: Cross-Cultural Communications


Religious Ethics: A Sourcebook, Mumbai: Hindi Granth Karyalay



Ethics for Everyone: How to Improve Your Moral Intelligence, New York: John Wiley & Sons,

Teaching Right from Wrong: 40 Things You Can Do To Raise a Moral Child, Beijing: CITIC Publishing House (translated into Chinese)



Teaching Right from Wrong: 40 Things You Can Do To Raise a Moral Child, New York: Berkeley Publishing Group



Tea in a Blue Cup, Merrick, NY: Cross-Cultural Communications


Love Your Neighbor: Stories of Values and Virtues, New York: Scholastic, Inc.

After Uhuru: Kenya Stories, Merrick, NY: Cross-Cultural Communications

Malaika, Nairobi: Jomo Kenyatta Foundation

Ethical People and How They Get To Be That Way, New York: Ethica Press/Cross-Cultural Communications


Journals, Quarterlies, Reviews, Forums


“My Brother’s Accordion, In a Crocodile Case,” Harmony: Emotional Common Response and Harmony of Human Being through Recitation, 5th World Congress of Poets for Poetry Research and Recitation

“Moral Reasoning of Members of Hospital Ethics Committees: A Pilot Study,” Journal of Clinical Ethics, Vol. 15, No. 1


“Teaching Ethics,” Journal of Moral Education Research (in Chinese only)



“Pastoral Counseling,” International Journal of Philosophical Practice, 1:3; 2002

“Death in a Religious Community,” with Joan Beder, Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling, Vol. 56, No.3: 233-242.

“The Quality of Life: Is Life Always Worth Living?” Forum on Death Education and Counseling, 28: 1, (Jan/Feb. 2002): 9-10.



“Maureen on the Moraine,” Literary Review, Vol. 5 (unpaginated).

“The Self and Confucianism,” Chinese American Forum, XVII (2), October: 33-35.

“Self-determination and Paternalism: Death or Intervention,” Journal of Trauma and Loss, 6,: 335-342.

“Finding Universal Values in a Time of Relativism,” The Educational Forum, 65:3, 273-278.

“”Pastoral Counseling,” Perspectives On the Professions, 21:1, 2-4.



“Race and Ethnicity as Depicted in the Photographs in Two Long Island Newspapers, Newsday and The New York Times Long Island Sunday Supplement,” Long Island History Journal 13:1 (Fall), 73-81.



“Manchuria, 1979;” “Mt. Tai Shan;” ”Abstruse Calligraphy;” “Silk and a Crane;” “Near a Ginseng Farm;” “China Changes,” “Firefall,” “Celebrating a Revolution,” Long Island Quarterly, Winter: 13-16.


Newspapers, Magazines and Online Publications



“All that Glitters: In the Berkshires, visitors can travel back to time to the sumptuous Gilded Age,” with Lyn Dobrin, “ Car & Travel, May, 34-35

Ethics, March 7,

“A Communion,” The Humanist, March/April, 29-32




“Ethics and Compliance,” Nov. 22

“Kenya Honeymoon Safari,” with Lyn Dobrin,

“Is the Practice of Tipping Outdated?” The Costco Connection, Feb., Vol. 20, 2

“Relating Ethics,” The Chronicle [Hofstra University}, April 7

“Why Honeymoon in Belize?” with Lyn Dobrin,


“Parents, It’s Only a Game,” NY Times, Letters, Oct. 12


“Toward an Ethic of Citizenship,” William K. Dustin, Fall, (book review)


“Spiritual Timber,”



“The World Gets Smaller,” Creations, (December): 15-16.

Letter to the editor, Newsday, Oct. 26.

“The 100-percent Myrtle Solution,” New York Times, LI, (April 22)

“Character Study: How to raise a moral child in an ethically complex world,” New York Daily News, Lifeline, (March 25), 18-19.

“Minister,” Humanist Living, 4:1 (Winter): 1, 14-18.

“Moral Philosophy,” Hofstra Horizons, 13-15.



“Reviving the Draft,” Newsday, June 28



“Feeling Guilty” Ethics Matters, October

“Sports or Spirit?” Assisi Times, September/October: 8-9.


Book Chapter


“Wine of the Poor,” in Steeped in the World of Tea, Northhampton, MA: Interlink Books






Salted with Fire, Nairobi: Jomo Kenyatta Foundation, (reprint, Oxford University Press)


Book Chapter

“Wangari Maathai and the Green Belt Movement,” A Peace Odyssey: Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize, Hofstra Cultural Center publication



Work in Progress

For God’s Sake – a play about Carrie Nation

Ethical Humanism for Children — a comic book primer on Ethical Culture

One Summer in the Life of Rosy and Her Friend Moe — children’s stories




University Service

Hofstra University


Tenure committee for Dr. Robn Flaton


Tenure committee for Dr. Diane Herbert

Second year review committee for Dr. James Levy

Developing online site for practical ethics for professionals, presently housed at


Mentor to new faculty member Kimberly Gilbert, Dep’t. of Psychology


Explore feasibility of Hofstra study abroad program for undergraduates and graduate students in the School of Education, at Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, China — with Carol Alberts, School of Education, Hofstra University

Initiated transfer of collection of contemporary Long Island poetry from Westbury Memorial Library to Axinn Library at Hofstra University



Initiator of committee to create a center for the study of cross-cultural applied ethics

Leader of School for University Studies get-together for 9/11 memorial

Proposer, with Prof. J. Ahr, community scholars program

Liaison between Amnesty International Hofstra student group and Amnesty International Group #74 Garden City

Spokesperson for Hofstra University on public service announcements broadcast on TV 55



Task Force on the establishment of Center for Research Excellence

Advisory Committee, Protestant Chaplaincy of Hofstra University — to present

Initiator of Hofstra on-line publication — approved by Senate Faculty and Provost’s office, 2001; adopted and implemented by the University as Hofprints


Diversity and Equity Committee, chaired by David Blanchard and Michael D’Innocenzo,



Africana Studies committee — to present


1997- 1998

Faculty advisor – Human Rights Club



Guest Lecturer


Lecturer in Human Development Upper Level Seminar, Dr. Jin Shin


Lecturer in Human Development Upper Level Seminar, Dr. Jin Shin


Oct 11: Participant in The Holocaust, Dr. Johan Ahr

March 11: Lecturer in Human Development Upper Level Seminar, Dr. Jin Shin


April 29: Lecturer in Human Development, Upper Level Seminar, Dr. Jin Shin



April 23: Lecturer in Cultural Anthropology, Dr. Joanne Taylor

Summer: Lecturer in Introduction to Ethics, Dr. John Teehan


Nov. 30: Lecturer in Swahili 2, Dr. Rob Leonard

Summer: Lecturer in Introduction to Ethics, Dr. John Teehan



Feb.11: Lecture to Kappa Delta Pi (National Education Honors Society

Oct. 27: Lecture to Philosophy Club, What’s Right? What’s Wrong?

Nov. 10: Lecturer in Swahili 2, Dr. Rob Leonard



Oct. 6: Lecturer in Swahili 2, Dr. Rob Leonard



Special Appearance

Hofstra authors, University bookstore, 1999, 2000, 2001



School for University Studies


Student advisement

Admissions interviews for SUS students

All functioning committees

Peer reviews

Brown-bag Seminars for faculty/students of School for University Studies – initiator and member  — 1998 to present

Library Liaison for School for University Studies — 1998-present

Chair curriculum committee – 2004-present


New College


First Reader — Senior Project — “Scientology: Is It a Cult?” Harriet Sirota


First Reader — Senior Project — “The Biological Basis of Empathy,” Lauren Silver

Second reader — Senior Project — “Exotic Dancers: Artistic Beauties or Anti-feminist Beasts?” Elizabeth Gollobin



First Reader — Senior Project — “Poetry Project,” Joe Gustalli


First Reader — Senior Project — “Kenyan Literature,” Elizabeth Maxwell

First Reader — Senior Project – “Adolescents, Peer Pressure and Moral Development,” Nicole Lorber

Independent Study — “Moral Development and Religion,” Alana Levy



First Reader – Senior Project – “Why Is Affirmative Action Controversial?” Peter Macheri

Third Reader, MA thesis – “A Study of Education, Job Training, and Workforce Support Programs for the North Amityville Community That Would Result in Greater Workforce Participation,” Martin Cantor


First Reader – Senior Project – “Ethiopian Jews in Israel,” David Epstein

Second Aspect – “Chemical Castration,” William Almasi


First Reader – Senior Project – “Female Genital Mutilation,” Laura Denham

Second Reader – Senior Project – “Death Penalty,” Adam Margolis

Independent Study


Spring 2004

“Kenyan Literature,” Debra Glasser

“Business Codes of Ethics,” Duwayne

Fall 2002

“African Americans and Short Story Writing,” Beatrice Schmidt

“Writing Children’s Stories,” John Angus

Spring 2002

“Moral Development,” Amanda Levy

Spring 2001

“Contemporary Poetry,” Melanie Zack

“The Maasai,” Renee Hart

Spring 2000

“Hinduism: Neither Beginning Nor End,” Jennifer Tulshi


Spring 1999

“Moral Development,” Lisa Seognanillo

“Levittown,” Andrew Bilica

Fall 1998

“Cross-Dressing,” Lilies Flores

“Moral Development,” Anthony Davis


University without Walls


Spring 1999

Full contract, “Moral Development,” Joelyn Collins

Full contract, “Kenyan Literature,” Barbara Tyler


Spring 1999

Half-contract, “Kenyan Literature,” Evan Schwartz




Presenter, Respondent, Moderator



The Ethics Bowl, judge, Bethpage H.S.


Conductor of seminar for joint faculties and students on business ethics — Kisii College and Gusii Institute of Technology, Kisii, Kenya

Presenter: Seminar on living wills, health care proxies and power of attorney, with Msgr. Tom Hartman, Rabbi Marc Gellman — Rivkin, Radler, Uniondale

Teacher: Ethics for Everyone — Barnes and Noble University, four-week long online course offered for 2 Continuing Education Units – taught three times

Presenter, “What It’s Like to be a Writer,” Westchester Writers Round Table

Discussion, Ethics for Everyone, Barnes and Noble, Carle Place

Reading, “Steeped,” Barnes and Noble, Carle Place

Presenter, Hofstra University High School University Seminary, “Acquiring Ethical Behavior,” Roslyn High School

Reading, “Steeped,” tea&tiques, Huntington



Presenter: 5th World Congress of Poets for Poetry Research and Recitation – New York, NY

Conductor of seminar for faculty and students on moral education and East African literature — Makerere University, Kampala Uganda

Invited to conduct of seminar for faculty and teacher of classes on moral education — Department of Education, Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya (cancelled due to professors’ strike, which closed down all public universities in Kenya)

Teacher: Ethics for Everyone — Barnes and Noble University, four-week long online course offered for 2 Continuing Education Units – taught three times

Featured Speaker: The Sixteenth Annual Redpath Lecture, “Seeing Through Others’ Eyes: Writing About Different Cultures,” The South Orange Maplewood Adult School

Speaker: “The Spiritual Lessons of 9/11,” Ethical Humanist Society of Long IslandEthical Culture Society of Westchester

Reading and discussion: Southampton Inn, “Seeing through Africa”

Moderator: “Does the Bible Justify Violence?” Hicksville Public Library


Presenter, Ethics for Everyone,” 2003 Society Growth and Development Conference, American Ethical Union

Presenter, as part of panel: Why Bother with Ethics? — Women’s Presidents Organization, New York York Chapter, Garden City, NY

Presenter: Does God Exist? — Molloy College Center for Christian-Jewish Studies

Seminar Presenter: Making Humanist Ethics Work, 82nd Annual Conference — American Humanist Association, Washington, D.C.

Teacher: Ethics for Everyone — Barnes and Noble University, four-week long online course offered for 2 Continuing Education Units (more than 75 students from 20 states, Puerto Rico, South Africa and Kuwait) — taught three times

Presenter, as part of panel: “Morality Defined From Religious and Secular Perspectives” — Molloy College Center for Christian-Jewish Studies,

Presenter, as part of panel: Children and Moral Development, symposium — Long Island Center for Ethics, C. W. Post College

Presenter: Kenya: an overview — African History class, West Point Military Academy

Poetry reading: Sunbird — African StudiesHofstra University Axinn Library

Conductor of symposium and keynote speaker on moral development for faculty, graduate students and school principals — Key Research Base of National Humane and Social Science, Institute of Moral Education, School of Educational Science, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, China


Presenter, as part of panel: Book Publishing  — Center for Teaching and Scholarly Excellence, Hofstra University

Moderator: “If This is a Man: The Life and Legacy of Primo Levi,” — Hofstra Cultural Center, Panel VII, “Suicide?”



Presenter: Wangari Maathai and the Greenbelt Movement — A Peace Odyssey: Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize, Hofstra Cultural Center with the Peace History Society and the Hague Appeal for Peace” November

Respondent: Religion, Tolerance and Peace From Christian, Jewish and Muslim PerspectivesHofstra Cultural Center



Poetry Reading: Tea in a Blue Cup — Axinn Library, Hofstra University,  April



Presenter: Eleanor Roosevelt and Human Rights—The Vision of Eleanor Roosevelt: World Citizen Ahead of Her Time Hofstra Cultural Center and the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, “Eleanor Roosevelt and Human Rights,” October





Title VI, Department of Education, Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Grant, “Africa Across the Curriculum” — meetings with publishers and faculty of University of Nairobi, in Nairobi and Keroka, Kenya



Quoted and Featured in Newspaper, Magazines, Radio and Television Appearances



April 16, Washington Post, “Tipping and Travel: It’s No Easy Matter,” Cindy Loose


April  CBS2, Mid-day New York, Parent to Parent, “Raising a Moral Child”


August 19, Long Island Press, Out of Africa: Westbury’s Arthur Dobrin Documents His Travels, Kenny Herzog

June 10, The Westbury Times, Seeing Through Africa with Arthur Dobrin: Westbury Author Publishes 20th Book

Spring-Summer Benedictine Sisters and Friends, “A Word from the Editor,” Katie Perry

May             Real Simple, “Do the Right Thing,” Elizabeth Schatz

March           Metro Parent, Detroit, “Character Counts,” Judith Cookis Rubens


November Family Talk with Mike Riera, “Moral Children,” Icicle Networks

November Family Circle: Everyday Ethics, “Changing Faith”

September Long Island Parenting, Parenting Profile, Arthur Dobrin: Morals Matter

August    Channel 12 News: Ethical Literature for Children

July          Family Circle: Everyday Ethics, “A Question of Party Politics”

April        Family Circle: Everyday Ethics, “Teenager Extravagance”

March 9   Newsday, Everyday Hero

16, Newsday, feature story for Long Island Section, What Would You Do? Test yourself against ethicist Arthur Dobrin and four other Long Islanders who weigh in on life’s little dilemmas

January Family Circle: Everyday Ethics, “Keeping Secrets”

China Radio International: Voices from Other Lands, “Moral Children” (recorded in Nanjing and broadcast worldwide from Beijing, China)

Jewish World Review Don’t smile for the camera


January      Reader’s Digest, Parent Talk: The Experts Weight In

April 11      Channel 12 News, raising a moral child

23     Channel 12 News, the importance of feelings

30,     Channel 12 News, the importance of reason

June 13,     Channel 12 News, how to discipline for ethical behavior

July      8    Channel 12 News, ethical habits

23    Channel 12 New, children and prejudice

August 12 Channel 12 News: ethical values and children

September, Family Circle: Everyday Ethics, “Family Money Matters”

Family Circle: Circle This, “Teaching Hope”

17  Newsday, Lifestyles: Family & Relationships, “A More Diverse Future”

19  The Westbury Times, “Computers Sought for School in Kenya”


November, Family Circle, Everyday Ethics, “Driving and the Elderly”



April, Long Island Parents and Children, “Traveling with Children”

May 6, Newsday, “After 33 Years, a Humanist Steps Down: LI society salutes its leader”

May 7, Dayton Daily News, “All Different, All the Same: School programs bring lessons of tolerance and acceptance”

May 27, The New York Times, “Ethical Humanism: Religion Without God”

July 15, Copley News Service, “Setting Your Child’s Moral Compass True North”

September, Newhouse News Service, “Monitoring Software Enables Parents to Eavesdrop on Children’s Computer Use,” by Michele M. Melendez

September 23, Herald American, Syracuse, NY “Children and Privacy,”

October, NBC TV affiliates nation-wide, “The Ethics of Spying on Children”


April, Distinction Magazine, interview about tea

April, Long Island Parents and Children,  “Spring Cleaning: What Little Helpers Can Learn”

April 11, Newsday, “Five Decades of Dedication”

November, AARP Life Answers “Grandparents and Moral Instruction”

November, WHPC, “What is Ethical Humanism?”

November, Hofstra University television, “Humanism on Long Island”


January 12, Newsday, “Nation’s Character at Crossroads,” in Paul Vitello’s column

January 25,    WHLI News, feature on race relations on Long Island

May 3,            Time, feature on multi-racial families

May 20,        Westbury Times, “Westbury Author Gives Kids Something to Talk About”

May 25, WHLI, “Love Your Neighbor”

December 13, WHLI, feature on bio-medical advances and ethics



September 13, CNN Sunday Morning News, “Clinton’s Bad Behavior Could be Good Lesson for Children”

October 27, Herald Journal, Spartanberg, SC  — Julie Woodcock interview re: how to teach thankfulness in children, for NY Times Syndicate story

October 31, WRVA, “Working Women”


Quoted (available online)



Columbia, MO — Parks, Recreation, & Open Space Master Plan – 2002 Update



Blue Ridge Community College, Spring



Central Academy of Feng Shui

Living Sanely, John F. Groom



Motivating Moment, June

Mission Statement of Dickinson College Volunteers, July



Quote of the Day, Daily Nation (Nairobi), December 5



Community Service and Activities


Amnesty International Group 74 — Co-leader 1976-present

Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island — Leader, 1968-2001; Leader Emeritus, 2001-present

Long Island Progressive Coalition — Chair, Executive Board, 2001-2005

Sema Academy, Keroka, Kenya, private, non-sectarian primary school for rural children — fund raising for construction of school, scholarship for student and teachers’ salaries, 2001-present

Winthrop-University Hospital — Ethics Committee, 1998-present

Humanist Institute – Adjunct Faculty, 2003-present





The Simple Society Alliance for Human Empowerment, “The Morality of Consumption,” invited guest for on-line forum

Reading and discussion with three second grade classes, Ulysses Byass School, Roosevelt


“Education in Kenya,” faculty and fourth grade students, The Progressive School, North Merrick



“Teaching Right from Wrong,” Islamic Center of Long Island

WRHU, Visions and Choices, Linda Longmire, host

Hicks Nursery Annual Flower Show, Tea

Poetry reading, 13th Annual Bengladeshi Book Fair, Astoria, Queens

Reading and discussion about tea, 14th Hicks Nursery Annual Flower Show



Consultant to proposed charter school specializing in ethics for young children, Manhattan

Southampton Inn — reading and discussion from Love Your Neighbor

P.S. 185 Brooklyn — reading and discussion from Love Your Neighbor

Friends School, Westbury, NY — reading from Love Your Neighbor


First Church of Christ. Science, Levittown, NY: “Spiritual Lessons of 9/11”

Barnes and Noble Bookstore, Carle Place, NY: Discussion of Ethics for Everyone

Washington Ethical Society — workshop on raising moral children

“Ethical People and How They Get to Be That Way”

Burns Ave. School, Hicksville, NY:, children’s stories, grades 1-3

Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island “What Does Religion Demand of You?”



Oceanside School #6 kindergarten: reading and discussion of Love Your Neighbor — Stories of Values and Virtues

Queens Society for Ethical Culture: “Kenya: Case Study of the Third World”

Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago: “Privilege and the Third World”

Long Beach Public Library: NY “Teaching Right from Wrong”

Barnes and Noble, Carle Place, NY: “Teaching Right from Wrong”

Ethical Society of St. Louis: “Thirty Years of Humanism”

Huntington Arts Festival, Huntington, NY: Poetry reading

National Council of Jewish Women, South Shore Section, Rockville Centre, NY: “Teaching Right from Wrong”

Ethical Culture Society of Riverdale-Yonkers, Riverdale, NY: “Raising a Moral Child”

Herricks School District PTA, Williston Park, NY: “Raising a Moral Child”


Setauket 3rd grade classes: reading and discussion of Love Your Neighbor–Stories of Values and Virtues

De Café, Merrick, NY: poetry reading

Westchester Ethical Culture Society: guest speaker

Ethical Culture Society of Essex, NJ: guest speaker

American Ethical Union Religious Education Family Weekend, Warwick, NY: presenter, “Raising Ethical Children”

National Leaders Council seminar on “Utilitarianism,” Princeton, NJ: seminar led by Peter Singer — participant



Port Washington, NY, Third Grade Classes: reading and discussion from Love Your Neighbor–Stories of Values and Virtues

Borders, Levittown, NY: poetry reading

Long Beach Public Library – America in the 21st Century: Fulfilling the Promise – group facilitator

Riverdale-Yonkers Ethical Culture Society: guest speaker

Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County, NJ: guest speaker

Barnes and Noble, Lincoln Center store, New York, NY: reading Love Your Neighbor–Stories of Values and Virtues



Humanists of Florida Convention, Orlando: FL: Conference theme  “Humanism for the New Century– Spanning Science and Morality” keynote speaker: “Ethical People and How They Get To Be That Way”

Winthrop-University Hospital, Mineola, NY: presenter, Candlelight Vigil for Cancer patients

Huntington Fair, Huntington, NY: poetry reading

Barnes & Noble, Bayside, NY: poetry reading



Educational Uses of Material


Teaching Right From Wrong: 40 Things You Can Do to Raise a Moral Child, used by Prof. Benyu Guo, Nanjing Normal University, China



Malaika used by Prof. Egbara Kibaji in “Literature and Contemporary Writing,” Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya






Allison Kim Levy Continuing Acts of Kindness Memorial Award, Psychology Department, Hofstra University


Legacy of Light Award, with Lyn Dobrin, Westbury Friends School


Peter E. Herman Award, for creative work in the literary arts, Hofstra University



Jomo Kenyatta Literary Prize, Kenya Publishers Association, Malaika short-listed as best fiction published in Kenya (withdrawn when committee recognized that by-laws stipulated award must be given to Kenyan citizen)



Professional Associations

American Association of Religion

Association of Moral Education

National Leaders Council of the American Ethical Union



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