News, Events, and Press

Breaking News

In May 2017, I will go to Istanbul for a two-week residency at the Sainte Pulchérie Fransız Lisesi. I will be teaching philosophy classes with Dr. Nimet Küçük, whose students have participated in the CONTRARIWISE international contests for three consecutive years. Several students have been helping with the preparations. I look forward to the visit!

On Monday, March 6, at Columbia Secondary School for Math, Science & Engineering, I will lead a philosophy roundtable on the topic of the private sphere, with readings from John Stuart Mill, Hannah Arendt, David Bromwich, Marianne Moore, and Anton Chekhov.

Along with other educators, I am quoted in Diane H. Williams's thoughtful article "Experts Weigh In: Technology in the classroom." I enjoyed taking part in this and reading the final piece.

The video of my TEDx Talk (TEDx Upper West Side, April 26, 2016) is now up on YouTube. I criticize our cultural emphasis on takeaways, "the pocketable answer, the successful transaction, the surety squeezed from things unsure." With examples ranging from algebra to Hamlet to theatre reviews, I argue for uncertainty and questioning.

On October 27–30, 2016, the ALSCW (Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers) held its Twentieth Annual Conference at the Catholic University of America in DC! Thanks to everyone for an outstanding event.

After five years at Columbia Secondary School, I have left to write my second book, Take Away the Takeaway. CONTRARIWISE, the Philosophy Roundtables, and the philosophy courses will continue. On June 15, 2016, I was honored by the PTA—along with Assistant Principal Dan Novak.

Recent (and Not-So-Recent) News

On September 25–26, 2015, I spoke at the 2015 Education Forum of the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, along with Louise Cowan, Andrew Delbanco, Diane Ravitch, Bill Deresiewicz, Elizabeth Samet, Matthew Crawford, Dan Russ, and Ben Olguín. Here is a video.

Read Stella Schindler's wonderful review of Republic of Noise (Humanum 2015:2).

CONTRARIWISE, my students' philosophy journal, is featured in my article "You Are Embarked: How a Philosophy Curriculum Took Shape and Took Off" (American Educator, Spring 2015).

See Anna Citrino's commentary—with quotes from Republic of Noise— on the importance of solitude and the relation of solitude to song.

On September 30, the UAE talk station Dubai Eye 103.8 reviewed Republic of Noise. (The discussion occurs at 1:20 and 29:40 in the podcast.)

On May 18, 2014, my students celebrated the release of their philosophy journal, CONTRARIWISE, at Word Up Community Bookshop in Washington Heights. The event featured readings, empirical Shakespearean experiments, philosophical improv, philosophical questions, surprise awards (including a Gogol Award, an H. G. Wells Award, and a Godot Award), a song, a cake, and more. See the descriptions on Chalkbeat and on Joanne Jacobs's blog.

In April 2014, I took part in a discussion of solitude on the BBC World Service's flagship discussion programme The Forum, along with award-winning authors Eleanor Catton and Yiyun Li and host Bridget Kendall. There is a podcast. (See also the Kate Chisholm's commentary in The Spectator.)

At TVS School in Mysore, India, students learn about the strengths of solitude.

Marise McConaghy, deputy principal of Brisbane Girls Grammar School in Australia, drew on my blog post "The Need for Eccentricity in Education" in an inspiring commentary on the school.

Reviews of Republic of Noise

Stella Schindler, "Attentive to What Lies Within," Humanum 2015:2.

William K. Lawrence, book review, Goodreads, July 8, 2013.

Rosanna Warren, book review, Literary Matters (ALSCW), Spring 2013.

Karen Virag, "In Praise of Solitude" (book review), ATA Magazine (Alberta Teachers' Association), vol. 93, no. 1 (Fall 2012).

Ken C., "Let Us Now Praise (and Empower) Quieter Students: Part Two," RAMS English (blog), July 16, 2012.

Laura Leaney, book review, Goodreads, July 12, 2012.

Ryan Kinser, "Yes, I Snatched a Teacher's Trash," TransformED (Center for Teaching Quality), June 15, 2012.

J. A. Helfer, book review and "Essential" rating, Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries (American Library Association), June 2012 (subscription required).

Dexter Palmer, "I Can't Hear Myself Think" (book review), Truthdig, May 25, 2012.

A. Graham Down, "Schools vs. Noise" (book review), Education Next, March 14, 2012.

Brian Rhode, lecture review of Republic of Noise, William K. Sanford Town Library, Loudonville, NY, February 22, 2012.

Carol Hoenig, "In Praise of Solitude," Huffington Post, January 12, 2012.

Awards and Honors

Republic of Noise was named an Outstanding Academic Title of 2012 by Choice (American Library Association).

In 2011 I was awarded Hiett Prize in the Humanities, an annual prize given by the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture.

My article "Why Do We Need a Philosophy of Education? The Forgotten Insights of Michael John Demiashkevich" was selected as the Article of the Year for Volume 37 of the American Educational History Journal.

Reviews of poetry translations

Cynthia Haven, "Why Reality Holds Little Love for Poets," The Book Haven: Cynthia Haven's Blog for the Written Word (Stanford University), September 2, 2012.

Kerry Shawn Keys, "Letter from Vilnius," Poetry International, March 3, 2012.

John Taylor, "Poetry Today: Tomas Venclova," Antioch Review, Summer 2010 (brief review of The Junction by Tomas venclova, with commentary on the translations, including Senechal's).

Sam Leith, "House of Flames," Poetry Review 99, no. 2, Summer 2009 (review of The Junction by Tomas venclova, with commentary on the translations, including Senechal's).

Michael Scammell, "Loyal Toward Reality," New York Review of Books, September 24, 1998 (review of Winter Dialogue by Tomas Venclova, with commentary on Senechal's translations).

Sven Birkerts, "Winter Dialogue by Tomas Venclova," Harvard Review 14 (Spring 1998). Via JSTOR.

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