Howard Bernstein, a long-time visiting professor at Wesleyan, died Jan. 15,
2007 at the age of 63.
Bernstein was a member of the Wesleyan faculty from 1979 to 2001, during
which time he taught in the College of Letters, the History Department, the
programs in Educational Studies and Science in Society, and in Wesleyan’s
Graduate Liberal Studies Program. Bernstein also was a major contributor to
the Masters of Arts in Teaching Program. In addition, he supervised a large
number of senior honors theses.
Bernstein earned a bachelor’s of arts from the City College of the City
University of New York and a Ph.D. in History from Columbia University.
Before coming to Wesleyan he taught at Brooklyn College, City College, York
University and Yale University. For the past five years, Bernstein was a
mentor and educator at Suffield Academy in Suffield, Connecticut.
Bernstein was a world-renowned expert on the work of the German scholar G.
W. Leibniz and was a major contributor to a series of international
conferences on Liebniz held in Germany in the early 1980s. He also published
a number of works on Diderot, Einstein, and on Marxist philosophy. He was
passionate about music, particularly classical choral music, and was an avid
A memorial service is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 6 at St. Paul's
Chapel, Columbia University, in Manhattan.
In lieu of flowers, Bernstein’s
daughter Christina has asked that those wishing to remember him consider a
contribution to one of the many organizations Howard supported. These
include The Center for Constitutional Rights, Americans United for
Separation of Church and State, The Southern Poverty Law Center, The
Innocence Project, Equal Justice Works, Lambda Legal, and Electronic Privacy