Dr. Cort is currently the Joseph Campbell Scholar with the Center for Symbolic Studies in New Paltz, NY.
In the 1980’s, while practicing in New York City, Dr. Cort served on the Executive Board of H.E.A.L., Inc. (“Health Education AIDS Liaison”) and wrote his first book, on issues of health care and the environment, Our Healing Birthright: Taking Responsibility for Ourselves and Our Planet.
In addition to academic studies in literature, science, law and mathematics, he has studied the work of many spiritual traditions — from the Bible, Plato, the Qur’an, Dante, etc., to contemporary teachers including G.I. Gurdjieff, P.D. Ouspensky, Rudolf Steiner, Paul Brunton, Anthony Damiani, Sri Aurobindo, Oscar Ichazo, Mme. Blavatsky, Sri Ramakrishna, and others.
Deeply committed to education, spirituality, and activism, Dr. Cort has taught in various colleges and schools, private and public, including Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, NY; The Desisto School, in Stockbridge, MA (a private school for troubled youth); Berkshire Community College, in Pittsfield, MA; and the Springfield Public School System, in Springfield, MA.
Dr. Cort is the author of numerous books and articles on religion, spirituality, mythology, politics, history, science, education and healing, and how these all relate to contemporary American culture.
His books include:
THE BEAUTY AND NOBILITY OF LIFE: The Restoration of Meaning in a World Overwhelmed by Commercialism, Scientism, and Fundamentalism (Winner of the 1st Place Gold 2017 Nautilus Book Award in the category ‘USA Spiritual Growth and Development’)
THE REAL CAUSE OF PAIN AND SICKNESS: And What You Can Do About It
EAT HEALTHY: Live Longer, Live Kinder
THE DOOR IS OPEN: The 7 Steps of Spiritual Awakening in Myth and Scripture
THE SACRED CHALICE: Women of the Bible – The Psychological and Spiritual Meaning of Their Stories
SYMBOLS, MEANING, AND THE SACRED QUEST: Spiritual Awakening in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Stories