David has served on the faculty at St. John's College in Santa Fe and Annapolis since 1974, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in topics including chaos and fractal theory, relativity theory, non-euclidean geometry, political philosophy, philosophy of history, legal studies, Greek, French, music, and literature. He has led seminars on Plato, Aristotle, Homer, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Virgil, The Bible, Dante, Shakespeare, Rousseau, Jefferson, Kant, Adam Smith, Hegel, Marx, Kierkegaard, Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Nietzsche, Freud, Virginia Woolf, Proust, and Camus. David is particularly interested in poetry.
For several decades, David has served as Aspen Institute’s Senior Advisor for Seminars and Director of Wye Programs. He has also managed the Institute’s long-term partnership with the Federal Executive Institute (FEI) in Charlottesville, Virginia. He also serves as a moderator for the Institute, which includes being a member of the visiting faculty of FEI. For several years he has moderated the Weidenfeld Scholars Program at Oxford.
David coordinated the Corporate Council on Africa's AIDS Task Force and has served on the Baltimore City Commission on HIV/AIDS. His teaching experiences include Jessup maximum security prison, the Baltimore Police Academy, retirement communities, high schools, and middle schools. He is a member of the board and has served as Senior Director of Projects for Touchstones Corporation, which provides unique learning experiences for students in public and private schools throughout the United States, and with programs in China, Jordan, Tanzania, and Haiti.
A 1969 graduate of Loyola College, David is a member of the Jesuit Honor Society and is interested in spiritual questions. He is a Master Mason. He has a PhD from Harvard, a JD from Yale, and a degree from the University of Paris.