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Curriculum Vitae

Professor Emeritus, Rhetoric and Public Communication


CHAIR Department of Performing and Fine Arts, 1982-94; 2003-06; July, 2011 (pro tem)

FOUNDER Speech Communication discipline

DIRECTOR Basic (General Education) Speech Communication Course, 1968-2010

SABBATICALS fall 1974,  spring-fall 1981,  fall 2000,  fall 2010

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Ph.D. Language, Literature, and Communication, Columbia University

M.Phil. Columbia University

M.A. Medieval English Literature, Fordham University

M.A. Public and Group Communication, Queens College

B.A. English Literature, Queens College

Professional Activity (from 1988)


‘The Tongue is Also a Fire’: essays on conversation, rhetoric and the transmission of culture . . . and on C. S. Lewis, The New English Review Press, 2015.

The Folk Tales of Brusco and Giovanni, Create Space, 2015.

Why I Believe Narnia: Thirty-three reviews and essays on the work and life of C. S. Lewis, Zossima Press, 2008.

Branches to Heaven: The Geniuses of C. S. LewisSpence, 1998 (pb. spring 2000).  New (2nd) ed., with Foreword and Errata, Wipf&Stock, 2016.

Remembering C. S. Lewis: Recollections of Those Who Knew Him, 3rd ed., Ignatius Press, 2005 of ‘C. S. Lewis at the Breakfast Table’ and Other Reminiscences. (Ed.) [2nd. ed., Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (Harvest Paperback), New York, 1992. 1st ed., The Macmillan Company, New York, 1979; Collins, London, 1980; first paper ed., Collier-Macmillan, New York, 1983.]

Ed. (with original Appendices) Speech 101: Second Custom EditionPearson, 2009. [Royalties to the York College Men’s Center.]

Articles, Entries, Chapters, Blogs

Contributing Editor, The New English Review, 2017 –

The New English Review (online) Journal

“Chaucer figures,” November 2017.  “Some of the People, All of the Time,” a review of Frederic Crews’ Freud: The Making of an Illusion, November 2017.  “Valedictory: a Review of Paris in the Present Tense,” October 2017.   “A Look at the Novels of Mark Helprin,” September 2017.  “Lords and Flies,” January 2017. 

“Tastes and Opinions,” December 2016.  “A Civil Action”: a review of Heather Hendershot’s Open to Debate and *”Sui Generis”: a review of Tom Wolfe’s The Kingdom of Speech, December 2016“Received Rot”: an essay-review of Rodney Stark’s Bearing False Witness, November 2016.  “Ratio non Grata: a demi-Rant,” October 2016.  “PPK,” August 2016.  *”A Note on Gossip,” June 2016.  “Thornton Wilder: Two Laments,” February 2016. 

“Pius XII and Received Wisdom,” December, 2015.  “Resolved: Science has made God redundant,” October, 2015.  “‘The Tongue is Also a Fire’,” May 2015.  “The Mick: In Memoriam,” April 2015.  “Obama’s Self-Organizing Rhetoric,” March 2015.

The New English Review blog: The Iconoclast
“The Painless Knee: Some Questions,”  September 27, 2017.  “Old Paradigm, Older War,” July 11, 2017.  “Resistance, Actually,” May 7, 2017.  “Letter from Amsterdam,” March 24, 2017.  “Lords and Flies,”  January 25, 2017. 

“Tastes and Opinions,” December 18, 2016.  “The Artifact,” December 5, 2016.  A Note on ‘Mainstream’ and the power of definition,” December 2, 2016.  “Some Questions,” November 22, 2016.  “Talking of Toilets, November 15, 2016.  “On ‘Protesting’ the Election of Donald Trump,” November 14, 2016.    “One Cheer for Ayn,” April, 2016.  

“The Evil That We Do,”  June 26, 2015.  “The Talk,” June 23, 2015.  “An Open Letter from a True Liberal,” June 20, 2015.


“A Note on Roberstson Davies,” The New Criterion (October, 2017), pp. 39-42.

“Rhetoric Renascent: Why Shakespeare Went to School,” Arion: A Journal of the Humanities and the Classics, 23.2 (fall 2015), pp. 135-53.

“The Salon: Restoring Conversation,” Arion: A Journal of the Humanities and the Classics, 22:1 (spring/summer 2014), pp. 33-49.

“His Fugitive Voice: After Fifty Years,” CSL, 44:6 (November/Dececember 2013), pp. 1-10, 12.

“C. S. Lewis: Why All the Fuss?”, NRO, November 23, 2013.

*“True Minds” [of Reyes, ed., C. S. Lewis’s Lost ‘Aeneid’], The New Criterion, 30:1 (September 2011: thirtieth anniversay issue), pp. 136-138.

“Letter from Peru: the outgoing tide,” The New Criterion, 29:10 (June 2011), pp. 28-29.

“Thornton Wilder & the Gods,” The New Criterion, 29:9 (May 2011), pp. 78-80.

“C. S. Lewis’s Quantum Church,” in C.S. Lewis and the Church: Essays in Honour of Walter Hooper, edd. Brendan Wolfe and Judith Tonning. T&T Clark: London, 2011.

“Lewis, C. S.” Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Thought, Social Science, and Social Policy, Scarecrow Press, 2011.

*of Owen Barfield, Night Operation and Eager Spring, StAR: St. Austin Review, 10.1 (Jan/Feb 2010), pp. 39-41.

“An Apologia on the Way,” Mere Christians: Inspiring Stories of Encounters with C. S. Lewis, edd. Mary Anne Phemister and Andrew Lazo. Baker Books, 2009.

*of Diana Pavlic Glyer, The Company They Keep: C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien as Writers in Community, VII: An Anglo-American Literary Review, 25 (2008), pp. 117-19.

“Culture and Public Philosophy: Another C. S. Lewis,” C. S. Lewis: Views from Wake Forest, ed. Michael Travers. Zossima Press, 2008.

“Stories About Hope,” The Lion and the Land of Narnia, ed. and illustr. Robert Cording. Harvest House Publishing, 2008.

*“Arc of surrender,” The New Criterion, 25:7 (March 2007), pp. 60-64.

“Lewis, C. S.” (entry), in American Conservatism: An Encyclopedia, edd. Bruce Frohnen, Jeremy Beer, and Jeffrey O. Nelson. ISI, 2006.

“Believing Narnia” (ch.), in Revisiting Narnia: Fantasy, Myth and Religion in C. S. Lewis’s Chronicles, ed. Shanna Caughey. BenBella Books, 2005.

*“C. S. Lewis at the BBC,” VII: An Anglo-American Literary Review, 21 (2004), pp. 109-110.

*“The Great Debate,” National Review, May 20, 2002, pp. 56-57.

*“The Magic Never Ends” [television documentary], VII: An Anglo-American Literary Review, 18 (2001), pp. 115-16.

“Rhetorica Religii,” Renascence, 51:1 winter, 1999 [lead article, special issue].

“Elitism at the Core:  Dare We Call it ‘Rhetoric’?” The Core and the Curriculum, University of North Texas Press, 1993,  pp. 54-59.

“Hero Storyteller [Mario Vargas Llosa and Peruvian Political Culture],” National Review, April 17, 1995, pp.  53-56 (conc. 72).

(w/Richard Nebenzahl) “Mucho Mas [Roberto Duran],” National Review, March 6, 1995, pp. 71-72.

*“Shadowlands [feature film]: ‘Even Though . . .’?” VII: An Anglo-American Literary Review, 11 (1994), pp. 31-33.

“Mere Lewis,”  The Wilson Quarterly, XXVIII.2 (Spring, 1994), pp. 109-117.

“Land of  Shadows,” National Review, February 7, 1994, pp. 72-74.

“Debates, Debates, and Showbiz,” National Review, November 16, 1992, p. 37 [cover attribution].

Chinochet?” National Review, September 14, 1992, pp. 29-30.

“A Faithful Steward,” Crisis, February, 1992, pp. 34-37.

*“Spirit in Bondage,” The Chesterton Review, XXVII.3&4 (August/November, 1991 [special issue]), pp. 479-485.

“The Centrality of Rhetoric to an Understanding of C. S. Lewis,” New Dimensions in Communication, New York State Speech Communication Association, III (1990).  [proceedings]

“Prolonging Peru’s Solitude?” National Review, May 14, 1990, pp. 26-27.

*“The Road Home,” National Review, December 2, 1991, pp.50-5

Addresses,  Presentations

Three Lectures, for C. S. Lewis and Friends Annual Symposium, Memphis Theological Seminary, April 4-5. 2016.

“C. S. Lewis: Then and Now . . . and Hereafter,” the Fourteenth Annual Ellen Hurwitz Memorial Lecture, Albright College, Reading, Pa., May 10, 2014.

“His Fugitive Voice: After fifty Years,”  Opening Address, C. S. Lewis 50th Anniversary Celebration of The C. S. Lewis Foundation, University of San Diego, June 22, 2013.

“Performance Across the Curriculum, ” keynote address to the first Colloquium of the CUNY League of Active Speech Professors, Hostos Community College, May 4, 2012.

“Aristotle, C. S. Lewis, and the Virtue of Friendship,” keynote address, Petoskey C. S. Lewis Regional Festival,  October 16, 2009

“The Screwtape Letters: Evil and Its Antidote” (opening address) and “Militant and Mild”  (banquet address), April 3-4, 2008. Conference: The Communion of Saints, Grove City College.

“Culture and Philosophy: Another C. S. Lewis.” Plenary Address, October 27, 2007. C. S. Lewis: The Man and His Work, October 26-27, 2007. Southeastern College at Wake Forest.

“What Ruins? Which Culture? Whose Character?” Plenary Address, First North American Summer Institute, C. S. Lewis Foundation, Williams College, July 8, 2006.

“The Christology of the Chronicles,” Pauline Lecture Series, New York, N.Y., May 18, 2006.

“Believing Narnia,” public lecture for Narnia on Tour, Border’s Bookstore (Kip’s Bay, Manhattan), November 5, 2005

“The Prophetic Realist: A Philosophy Project,” Closing Address, VII Symposium of the New York C. S. Lewis Society, August 10, 2003

“Rekindling Hope,” New Life Series: National Presbyterian Church, Washington, March 10, 2000

“At the Brink: An Existential Rhetoric,” Wethersfield Institute:  Cooper Union, New York, November 13, 1998.

“Low Notes, High Notes, and Keynotes,” The Kansas C. S. Lewis Centenary Celebration, The University of Wichita, November 18-22, 1998.

“Sources and Seminality:  The Spirituality of C. S. Lewis,” The Christensen Symposium on Spirituality, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 18-19, 1995.

“Moral Learning In and Out of Narnia:  C. S. Lewis and His Unexpected Band of Brothers,” The Third Annual Thomas More Lecture on Learning, St. Thomas More College, Fort Worth, Texas, April 27, 1995.

“The Geniuses of C. S. Lewis,” Tenth Annual Lewis-Tolkien Lecture, C.S. Lewis Center for the Study of the Common Tradition, Dallas, Texas, November 10, 1994.

“Congruent Christians:  Literary Form and Christian Purpose in Walker Percy, Thornton Wilder, Robertson Davies, and William Kennedy,” Lecture Series, Episcopal Archdiocese of Long Island, 1988-89.

“Two Masters, Two Myths, One Meaning: the Congruencies of Wilder’s Alcestiad and Lewis’ Till We Have Faces,” paper read at the 27th International  Conference on American Drama, Keane College, October 29, 2010.

Symposiast, “The Devil Made Me Do It,” The Lantern Theater of Philadelphia, September 21, 2002.

Program Director and Seminar Leader, Inauguration of the C. S. Lewis Foundation Study Centre at the Kilns (C. S. Lewis’s home), Oxford, England, July 29-August 11, 2001.

“Domain Theory: Toward a Taxonomy and Theory of Comparative Rhetoric,” International Society for the History of Rhetoric, Thirteenth Biennial Conference, Warsaw, Poland, July 2001.

“Reason and Rhetoric,” The C. S. Lewis Foundation Summer Institute: Centenary Festival, Oxford [Wadham College], England, July 20-25, 1998.

“Peru Agonistes:  Culture, Information, and Rhetorical Adventurism,” Annual Convention of the Speech Communication Association (International and Intercultural division), November, 1993.

Program Respondent, “Rhetorical Traditions and Advances,” and Program Moderator, “Basic Issues in Speech Communication,” Forty-Eighth Annual Convention of the New York State Speech Communication Association, October, 1993.

Re-Constructing the Better Screwdriver: That Old-Time, Hermeneutic, Literary Rhetoric,” Fiftieth Anniversary Convention of the New York State Speech Communication Association, October, 1992.

Television and Radio

Radio Broadcasts, “C. S. Lewis,” for Radio Maria, second and fourth Sundays of March, April, May, 2012.

Television documentary: on-air commentator, De-coding Narnia, BBC, Easter, 2009.

Television biography: on-air commentator, C. S. Lewis: Beyond Narnia. Windborne Productions, Hallmark Channel, December 9, 2005.

Television documentary: on-air commentator, C. S. Lewis: The Reluctant Convert. Day of Discovery, PAX-TV, January 6, 13, 30, 27, 2005.

Television documentary: advisor and on-air critic, The Question of God: C. S. Lewis & Sigmund Freud. Tatge-Lasseur Productions, PBS. September 15th and 22nd, 2004.

Radio interviews (various, e.g. WNYE-FM, July, 1989; The Hugh Hewitt Program, Salem Broadcasting, June, 2001; Philadelphia Public Radio, June 20, 2002).

“C. S. Lewis and Rhetoric,” Mars Hill Audio Magazine, vol 35 (November/December, 1998).

Stories & Poems

[stories]  “Bridge of Dread,” The Erotic Review, June 23, 2017.  “The Old School Skirt, or, Payback’s a Bitch,” The Erotic Review, February 2, 2017.   “The Good Neighbors,”  The Greenwich Village Literary Review, Spring 2015, Vol. II, No. 1.  “Tales of Rulx: Enter Reynard,” “Charlie Faust: Grace’s Version,” “Emeritus: a jeu d’sprit,”  “An East Harlem Tale,” “The Good Thief,” “The Well at San Gimignano,” “Heaven Knows,” “The Best Friend,”  The New English Review (various).

[poems]  “The Sacramental Cat,” “Original Sin,” “Spells and the Spirit,” “A Vision of the Ways of Despair,” “Him,” “Light,” Pilgrim: a journal of Catholic experience.  “Hanging Wallpaper,” “Off Key,” “Vale, Atque, Ave,” “Oh, Brother Mine,” “Entropology,” The New English Review.


Member, Editorial Board, Sehnsucht: The C. S. Lewis Journal (Fuller Theological Seminary), 2008-Member, the advisory board of the Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Center for Thought and Culture, 2011-14.

Member, The Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, 2000-2012

Communication Consultant, ad hoc: Healthy Respect (a program of sexual education for public schools)  *  Good Counsel Homes for Pregnant Women at Risk.

Editor, CSL: The Bulletin of the New York C. S. Lewis Society, 1974, 1993-1999.

“Abortion-on-Demand,” Debate at The Art & Work Ensemble, Synchronicity Space (The West Village, New York), September, 1990.

Colloquist, Liberty Fund:  “The Idea of Liberty in the Political Thought of C. S. Lewis,” Tucson, Arizona, September 14-17, 2017  *  “Freedom and Responsibility in Rhetoric,” Indianapolis, Indiana, March 5-8, 1998  *  “Persuasion and Freedom,” Annapolis, Maryland, June 12-15, 1997  *  “Liberty and Responsibility in Shakespeare’s Comedies,” Newport, RI, May 2-5, 1996

Reader/Grant Program-Evaluator, William H. Donner Foundation, Inc., “Western Civilization Alternatives Project” ($315,000), Fall 1994.

Trustee, The C. S. Lewis Foundation, Redlands, California, 1999-2002


Honoree, First Benefit Program, York College Male Initiative, August 18, 2017.

Featured Speaker, Post-Commencement Homecoming Reception, June 2, 2017.

York College Alumni Association Distinguished Faculty Award, May 10, 2014.

Excellence in Teaching Award, Sigma Alpha Pi, The National Society of Leadership and Success, May 5, 2008.

Outstanding Contributions, York College Male Initiative and Men’s Center, February 7, 2008.

Chief Faculty Marshall (elected), York College, 2001 (declined), 2003, 2005, 2008, 2011.

Student Government Award for devoted service to York College as Vice Chair of the Senate, 2002.

Student Government Award for devoted service to York College as Vice Chair of the Senate, 2001.

As Chairman, President’s recognition for exemplary contribution to York College, 1993.

Salvatori Fellowship for Academic Leadership and Public Policy, The Heritage Foundation, Washington, D.C., 1992-93 [in residence, June 13-23, 1992].

Honoree,  Access to Excellence, 1992-93,The Chancellor’s Recognition of Outstanding Faculty.

Member, Sigma Delta Pi: The International Spanish Honor Society.

College Service

Governance, Administration and Service

Member, Provost’s Select Academic Advisory Council, 2008-10

Chair, Speech Communication Search Committee, fall 2008-09, 2010

Chair, Provost’s  Lecture Series Committee, 2007-08

Mentor, York College Men’s Center, 2006-

Faculty Member, Auxiliary Enterprises Board, spring 2007-fall 2008

Senator, fall 2000-spring 2003; Vice Chair, Senate, spring 2001-spring 2002

Member, Faculty Committee to Review the Kidd Presidency, Primary Author, fall 2000

Coordinator (founding member, 1987), Faculty Forum, 1992-2002

Member, Faculty Development Committee for Sponsored Programs, 1997-00

Member, Provost’s Committee on Academic Advisement, 1998

Member, Provost’s Retention Committe, 1997

Chair, College Committee on Academic Standards, 1994-98

Member, College Curriculum Committee, 1997-98

Member, Steering Committee, Self-Evaluation for Middle-States Evaluation Visit, 1996-98

Co-chair, Academic Program Outcomes Committee (for Middle-States Evaluation), 1996-97

Member, 30th Anniversary Planning Committee, 1997

Member, Search Committee, Vice President for Administrative Affairs, Spring 1997

Member, Presidential Search Committee, 1995-96

First Coordinator (pro. tem.), Lyceum Series in Arts and Letters, spring 1994

Member, Search Committee: Vice President for Academic Affairs, summer 1994

Member, Latin American Cohort:  Multi-Cultural Core, 1992-94

Member, Western Civilization Cohort: Multicultural-Core, 1990-91

Chair (and founder), Conceptual and Critical Thinking Group, 1987-1992

Chair, College Committee on Instruction, 1987-1990

Faculty Advisor/coach, College Rhetoric Society and Debate Team: First York College Inter-collegiate debates, 1988-89 (at CCNY, December, 1988; CCNY at York, April, 1989)

Presentations, etc.

“Critical Thinking in Context,” CETL Forum, Spring, 2009.

“Podcasting the Lecture,” Faculty Forum on Teaching and Digital Technology, March 15, 2007.

“How to be a Good Student,” Seminar for entering freshmen, York College Men’s Center, August 1, 2006.

Master of Ceremonies, York College Honors Program, May 31, 2006.

Master of Ceremonies, First CUNY Choral Fest, April 28, 2006.

“Conceptual and Critical Thinking,” seminar and workshop, Writing Across the Curriculum, November 29, 2001.

“C. S. Lewis:  A Centenary Retrospective,” Faculty Forum, November, 1998

“Cross-Cultural Oral Communication,” Multi-Cultural Planning Group, October, 1994

“Peru Agonistes,” Faculty Forum, September, 1991

“C. S. Lewis:  In Memoriam,” Faculty Forum, November, 1989

“Direct Oral Communication in the Classroom,” Workshop:  One-day video review and criticism, (with two one-hour sessions thereafter of lecture-practicum), February/March, 1991.


All Speech Communication Curricula, 1968-

First podcast lectures at York: Speech 101, spring 2006

Speech Communication for Business, the Professions and Public Service (new concentration), 2006

First College Offering:  Core 201:  Latin America and the Caribbean, spring, 1994

Designed, The Nature of Human Communication (Humanities 300), spring, 1989

Participant, The Liberal Studies Major (Teacher Education Program), summer, 1988-spring 1989