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Distinguished Service Professor of German, Emeritus

State University of New York at New Paltz

Abitur, Nikolaus Cusanus Gymnasium, Bonn, Germany, 1962
B.A. Columbia College, 1964, summa cum laude
M.A., Columbia University, 1965
Ph.D., Columbia University, 1971
SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1993
Bundesverdienskreuz (German Order of Merit), 1999
Distinguished Service Professorship, 1999
Liberal Arts & Sciences Teacher of the Year, 2000

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United University Professions (UUP)
Lecture Center 6A
SUNY New Paltz
1 Hawk Drive

New Paltz, NY 12561
Tel. (845) 257-2770
Fax.(845) 257-2741

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16 Ferris Lane Road
New Paltz, NY 12561
Tel. and Fax. (845) 255-4302

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Principal Activities:

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Main Areas of Research and Publications:

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                                (Click on a cover for more information on each book shown above.)

Video projects

Cuba on the Cusp
Impressions from a week-long visit to Cuba in December 2015.  As tourism becomes its prime industry,  this impoverished yet beautifully vibrant Caribbean island is on the cusp of enormous changes.
View 21-minute film on YouTube by clicking on image below:  

Germany Revisited 2015

A week's stay in Germany at the end of October 2015. Seeing family, friends and former classmates in Bonn, Berlin, Hamburg and Stade. Reminiscences and reflections on Germany personally experienced over the past sixty years and beyond.
View 41-minute film on YouTube by clicking on image below:

My African Safari, Kenya and Tanzania, July 2015
15-day safari through nature preserves in Amboseli, Kigio, Masai Mara, Ngorogoro and Serengeti.
View 67-minute film on YouTube by clicking on image below:


Pathways to Many Thousands of Important German Links:
  1. The Latest News from Germany in English or German, updated throughout the day
  2. German, Austrian and Swiss newspapers.
  3. German Literature online (hundreds of complete novels, plays and poems in German)
  4. German Studies Trails on the Internet
  5. German Information Center, NYC (including links to German Embassy in Washington and official government agencies in Bonn and Berlin)
  6. Tourism and Travel (including media and culture, hundreds of individual city pages)
  7. German-Americana (immigrants, historical and genealogical info, organizations, events)
  8. Doing Business in Germany
  9. Universities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland
  10. Electronic Discussion List for teachers of German
  11. German Music and Songs
  12. American Association of Teachers of German Homepage
  13. Radio Stations with live music, news and features in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

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Last update: 4 October 2016