CV to 1998


1998 – present: Professor, Humanities, New College, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY

1989 – 1998: Adjunct Associate Professor, Social Sciences and Humanities, New College, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY

1967 – present: Leader, Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island, Garden City, NY

1967 – present: Organizational Consultant, e.g. NY Association for the Blind; Franklin General Hospital

1977 – 1990: Marital psychotherapy – private practice

1965 – 1967: Peace Corps Volunteer, Kisii, Kenya


1986 – 1994: Co-leader, special interest safaris to Kenya

1968 – 1970; 1972: Director, Encampment for Citizenship (leadership training for teenagers), Great Falls, Montana; Tucson, Arizona; Denver, Colorado


D.S.W., Social Welfare, Adelphi University, 1988
Training in Family Psychotherapy, Ackerman Family Institute, New York, NY, 1973-1975
M.A.,Human Relations, New York University, 1971
B.A., History, honors, City College of New York, 1965


  • Hofstra University: Conflict Resolution; Moral Development; Comparative Religious Ethics; Human Rights; The Social and Political Development of Kenya; Kenya Through Literature; I&II The Roots of Discrimination; New Perspectives on Global Problems; Nature and Self (core class); A Sense of Place (core class); Identity and the American Dream; Human Relations and the Family; Essay Writing Workshop several indenpdendent studies; University Without Walls instructor in Social Work
    Faculty Advisor, Amnesty International Chapter, Hofstra University (1991 to 1993); Africana Committee, Hofstra University (1993 to present)
  • Adelphi University School of Social Work: Social Services in Kenya; Social Services in China (both were field experiences in the respective countries)
  • New York Institute of Technology: Juvenile Delinquency; Conflict Resolution.
  • Adelphi University and State University at Stony Brook: Field Instructor for graduate social work students
  • Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island: History, Philosophy, Human Relations, Comparative Religion
  • Westbury High School New School: Philosophical Anthropology
  • Senior Citizen Centers in Wantagh, Great Neck, Westbury, Merrick; Jones Institute; Sara’s Center; Nassau County Jail; Hempstead Park Nursing Home: Poetry Writing, Liberal Arts, Current Events, Understanding Kenya
  • Nassau Libraries: Developing a Moral Compass


  • Board Member, Long Island Progressive Coalition (1997-present)
  • Member, Ethics Committee of Winthrop Hospital (1996 to present)
  • Co-founder and co-leader;, Long Island Interracial Alliance for a Common Future (1990 to present)
  • Founder and curator, Center for Contemporary Long Island Poetry (1980 to present)
  • Co-founder and co-chair, Amnesty International USA Group #74 (1976 to present)
  • Moderator, Cross-Cultural Poetry Reading Series, Borders Bookstore, Westbury (1994) 
  • Board member, Community Counseling Center of West Nassau (1986 to 1993); President (1991 to 1993)
  • Member, Long Island Jewish Hospital – Human Subjects Review Committee (1990 to 1992)
  • Board Member, Long Island Institute for Psychoanalysis (1985-1990)
  • Chair, Nassau County Youth Commission Martin Luther King, Jr. Poetry Contest (1989 to 1992)
  • Co-founder, International Committee Against Involuntary Exile (1986)
  • Organizer of committee to prevent sale of Jones Institute (1984)
  • Board member, Westbury Arts Council (1970 to 1976)
  • Founder, Institute for Leadership Development, a training program for high school students (1970)


Guest commentator on ethics, Channel 12 News; appearances on numerous New York- area and Long Island television and radio programs; quoted in various newspapers and magazines e.g. N.Y. Times, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Rochester Chronicle, Cape Cod Times; Seattle Times; Corpus Christi Caller Times; CNN, Parenting Today


National Leaders Council of American Ethical Union 

American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists – clinical member

Poetry Society of America

Poets and Writers

Long Island Poetry Collective



Getting Married The Way You Want (co-author), Prentice-Hall, 1974
The God Within, Ethica Press, 1977
Lace: Poetry from the Poor, the Homeless, the Aged, the Physically Disabled and Emotionally Disabled, (ed.) Cross-Cultural Communication, 1979
Convictions: Political Prisoners – Their Stories (co-author), Orbis Books, 1981
Love Is Stronger Than Death: Reflections for Mourners, Fieldston Press, 1986
Being Good and Doing Right: Readings in Moral Development, (ed.) University Press of America, 1993
Spelling God With Two O’s, Ethical Humanist Society, Garden City, NY, 1993
Ethical People and How They Get To Be That Way, Ethica Press, 1998
Teaching Right From Wrong: 40 Things You Can Do To Raise a Moral Child, Penguin/Putnam, 2001

Children’s Book

Love Your Neighbor: Stories of Values and Virtues, Scholastic Books, New York, 1999


Salted With Fire, Oxford University Press, Nairobi, 1990.
Malaika, The Jomo Kenyatta Foundation, Nairobi, 1998 (Note: JKF is the largest schoolbook publisher in Kenya)

Short Stories

After Uhuru: Kenya Stories, Cross Cultural Communications, 1998


Individual poems appearing in more than 50 journals and publications, including NY. Times, Confrontation, West Hills Review, Chelsea
Sunbird, Cross-Cultural Communication, 1976
Saying My Name Out Loud, Pleasure Dome Press, 1978
Gentle Spears, Cross-Cultural Communication, 1980
Out of Place, Backstreet Editions, 1982
Angles & Chambers, Cross-Cultural Communication, 1990
Tea In a Blue Cup, Cross-Cultural Communication, 1999


Little Heroes (1976)
Ethical Humanism (1977)
Ethical Humanism In Brief (1985)
Salvation and Enlightenment (1991)
The Evolution of God and Heaven (1992)
Was Jesus Really a Great Ethical Teacher? (1993)
Understanding Evil (1993)
Holding Wonder Like a Cup (1993)
Monograph and Journal
“The Role of Agrarian Cooperatives In The Development of Kenya,” Studies in Comparative International Development, Rutgers University, Sage Publications, 1970
Articles (popular and scholarly)
The Progressive; Christianity and Crisis; Win; Long Island Life; The Runner; Worldview; The Churchman; The Humanist; Food Monitor; Progressive World; Case Analysis; Social Work; East Africa Journal; Journal of Humanism and Ethical Religion; Long Island Parenting News and numerous opinion pieces in Newsday,
New York Times Op-ed

Plays (staged productions)

Mirrors (1989)
Murder Joints and Mannequins (1990)
That’s My Desire (1992)Dissertation
The Ethical Judgments of Social Workers, Adelphi University School of Social Work


Journal of Humanism and Ethical Religion
New York State Council on the Arts, poetry awards grants, 1984 
Works translated into: Russian, German, Spanish, Chinese, Sicilian, Turkish and Dutch


“Kenyan Cooperatives,” at The Challenge of Development conference, Nairobi, Kenya, 1966.
Numerous conferences on social ethics at universities, churches, libraries, high schools and civic organizations.


History Honors from CCNY (1965); Phi Alpha Theta – the National History Honor Society (1965); Recipient of KTCU, Tucson, Arizona award “for outstanding efforts on behalf of promoting constructive social change in education” (1970); Recipient of Linda Nadle Memorial Award of Middle Earth Crisis Counseling and Referral Center for community service (1990); Recipient of Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Relations award of Congregation Church of South Hempstead (1991); Long Island Progressive Coalition (1993).


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