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B.M., with distinction, 1953. Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester

M.A., 1955. Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester. Thesis: "The Fugue in the Orchestral Works of Bartok"

Ph.D. in Philosophy, 1962, State Univ. of New York at Buffalo. Dissertation: "Logic and Social Doctrine: Dewey's Methodological Approach to Social Philosophy"

Teaching                     to top of page

Professor Emeritus, Long Island University, 1992-present

Seventh International Summer School of Applied Aesthetics on "Aesthetics of the Unseen," Assikala, Finland, 18-23 August 2002.

Seminar in environmental aesthetics, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland, 27 September - 1 October 1999

Prima Escuela Interamericana de Estudios Avanzados en Estetica e Historia de las Artes. Santiago, Chile. 11-15 January 1999

Six International Summer Schools of Applied Aesthetics: Lahti, Finland; Copenhagen, Denmark; Newport, R.I.; Uppsala, Sweden., Siikaniemi, Finland 1995-2002

University of Louisville: Bingham Professor of Humanities, Spring 1994

C. W. Post Campus of Long Island University: Assistant Professor, 1962-1965; Associate Professor, 1965-1970; Professor, 1970-1992. Professor Emeritus, 1992-present

Sarah Lawrence College: Social Science Faculty, 1966-1968

State University of New York at Buffalo: Teaching Fellow, 1958-1960; Instructor, 1960-196l; Lecturer, 196l-1962

Visiting appointments at San Diego State College, summer 1966; Hofstra University, summers 1971, 1974; New School for Social Research, 1981, 1982

Some Professional Activities                     to top of page

Founding Editor, Contemporary Aesthetics, an on-line journal of aesthetics, 2003-2017

President, International Association for Aesthetics, 1995-1998

Secretary-General, International Association for Aesthetics, 1987-1995. Executive Committee, 1984- 2001

Director, International Summer Schools of Applied Aesthetics in 2002, 1997, 1996, and 1995

Secretary-Treasurer, American Society for Aesthetics, 1978-1988

Organizer and Chair, The Long Island University Committee on Reorganization (trustees, faculty, and administrators), 1983-85

Director, The Long Island University Continuing Seminar on "The Ethical Dimensions of Management Decisions," 1977-1980

Originator and Co-director, The Friday Society, C.W. Post, (1976-1980)

Chairman of three AAUP Hearing Committees, 1976. Philosophy Department Chair, C.W. Post/Long Island University, 1963-65

Honors                     to top of page

Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts, Rhode Island School of Design, 2011

Honorary Guest Professor, Wuhan University, P.R. China, 2004-2007

Honorary Life Member, International Association for Aesthetics, 2002

Membre du Comité d'Honneur de la Société française d'Esthétique, 2000

Honorary Member, Sydney Society for Literature and Aesthetics, 1999

Honorary Member, Finnish Society of Aesthetics, 1997

President, International Association for Aesthetics, 1995-1998

The 1992 Long Island University Trustees Award for Scholarly Achievement for Art and Engagement

Recent Lectures                     to top of page

Keynote lecture, "Poetics of Landscape?" forthcoming, Annual Conference of the Nordic Society for Aesthetics 2024.

Keynote lecture, "Perception and Engagement," International Forum on Teaching Aesthetics, October 31, 2023.

Lecture, "Thinking Landscapes: Where is the Landscape?" University of Lisbon online conference, "Thinking Landscapes," June 2, 2023.

Keynote lecture, "Aesthetic Engagement, Ecoaesthetics, and Contemporary Art," invited lecture, International Conference on Ecoaesthetics and Contemporary Art at Nanjing University School of Arts, Nanjing China, December 10-11, 2022.

Lecture, "Conflicting Traditions," Comparative Aesthetic Modernity: Dialogue and Theories, The Ninth International Form on Marxist Aesthetics, Durham University, UK, 12th April, 2021.

Lecture, "Aesthetics and the Arts of Engagement," International Symposium: Controversy and Construction of Contemporary Aesthetics, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, December 18, 2020.

Plenary presentation, "Reflections on the Aesthetics of Violence," via Skype at the 21st International Congress of Aesthetics "Possible Worlds of Contemporary Aestheitcs: Aesthetics between History, Geography and Media." The University of Belgrade, Serbia, July 22-26, 2019.

Keynote lecture, "Reflections on the Aesthetics of Violence," via Adobe Connect at the 2019 Graduate Conference "Philosofest: Practical Philsophy & Philosophical Practice," University of Ottawa/St. Paul University, Canada, March 1-3, 2019.