Selected Writings, Interviews, and Presentations by Diana Senechal
Diana Senechal, Mind over Memes: Passive Listening, Toxic Talk, and Other Modern Language Follies (Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2018).
Diana Senechal, Republic of Noise: The Loss of Solitude in Schools and Culture (Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, 2011).
Translations (poetry, prose, film)
Nyílnak befelé ablakok, a documentary about the Hungarian band Platon Karataev, directed by Zsófi Szász and released by 444 (Diana Senechal translated the script/subtitles, which appear on YouTube).
Sándor Jászberényi, "A Western Tale," BODY, Spring 2023.
Ahmed Amran, "Earth Mounds," Asymptote Journal blog (Translation Tuesdays series), April 4, 2023.
Four poems from Gyula Jenei's Always Different: Poems of Memory, translated by Diana Senechal (Deep Vellum, 2022) were published by The Continental Literary Magazine: "The Legend of Lobo," "Slap," "Litterfall," and "Passageways to God."
A book of Diana Senechal's translations of Gyula Jenei's poems, Always Different: Poems of Memory, was published by Deep Vellum on April 12, 2022.
Csenger Kertai, "Moon" and "With Greatest Ease," translated from the Hungarian by Diana Senechal, Modern Poetry in Translation, Spring 2022.
Csenger Kertai, "Redemption" and "I," translated from the Hungarian by Diana Senechal, Asymptote, January 2022.
Gyula Jenei, "Scissors," translated from the Hungarian by Diana Senechal. The Massachusetts Review, Summer 2021 (print only).
Zsolt Bajnai, "The Vanished City Hall" ("Az eltűnt városháza"), Asymptote Blog, April 6, 2021.
Zsolt Bajnai, "Corruption Therapy" ("Korrupcióterápia"), translated from the Hungarian by Diana Senechal, The Satirist, February 3, 2020.
Marianna Fekete, "A Crack in Eternity? Béla Markó's Grass Blade on the Rock," translated from the Hungarian by Diana Senechal. Literary Matters, Spring/Summer 2019.
Gyula Jenei, "Piano," translated from the Hungarian by Diana Senechal. Literary Matters, Fall 2019.
Gyula Jenei, "Cemetery," translated from the Hungarian by Diana Senechal. Literary Matters, Fall 2019.
Gyula Jenei, "Madeleine," translated from the Hungarian by Diana Senechal. Literary Matters, Fall 2019.
Gyula Jenei, "Standing Point," translated from the Hungarian by Diana Senechal. Literary Matters, Spring/Summer 2019.
Gyula Jenei, "Chess," translated from the Hungarian by Diana Senechal. Literary Matters, Spring/Summer 2019.
Tomas Venclova, The Junction: Selected Poems, ed. Ellen Hinsey, translated by Ellen Hinsey, Constantine Rusanov, and Diana Senechal (Highgreen, UK: Bloodaxe, 2008).
Tomas Venclova, Winter Dialogue: Poems, translated from the Lithuanian by Diana Senechal, with a foreword by Joseph Brodsky and a dialogue between the author and Czesław Miłosz (Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 1997).
Articles, essays, and op-eds
"'Felzizeg': On the Onomatopoeia of a Song" (an essay on Cz.K. Sebő's song "Felzizeg"), Literary Matters 15.3.
"To Crave the Edges of Speech: Reflections on Cz.K. Sebő's New Album," The Continental Literary Magazine (online), April 15, 2022.
"Breaking Glass: Curriculum 'Diversity' and Its Discontents," The Nation, October 13, 2021.
"Plessy v. Ferguson and the Dissenting Opinion in the Classroom," Literary Imagination, vol. 23, issue 2 (July 2021), pp. 182–188.
"Translating an Understanding of Poetry Itself: Tomas Venclova's 'Pestel Street,'" Five Points, Vol. 20, no. 1 (Summer 2020, Hot Rocks feature).
"Choosing a College: The Virtues of a Good Misfit," Inside Higher Ed, December 3, 2018.
"Reclaiming Liberty," New England Journal of Higher Education, November 26, 2018.
"This Is a Resolution? A Letter on Bellow's Seize the Day," Literary Imagination, vol. 19, no. 3 (November 2017).
"You Are Embarked: How A Philosophy Curriculum Took Shape and Took Off," American Educator, Spring 2015.
"Strong Teachers Are Crucial," in the forum "The Right Approach to Reading Instruction," Room for Debate (New York Times), July 2, 2014. With E. D. Hirsch, Pedro Noguera, Claire Needell, Lucy Calkins, Mark Federman, and Ebony Elizabeth Thomas.
"The Folly of the Big Idea: How a Liberal Arts Education Puts Fads in Perspective," American Educator, Winter 2012–2013.
"Should We Educate to Meet the Demands of the Age?" FORUM: A Publication of the ALSCW, no. 5 (What Is Education? A Response to the Council on Foreign Relations report, "U.S. Education Reform and National Security"), Autumn 2012.
"In Defense of Diane Ravitch," The New Republic (online only), December 12, 2011.
"Let Us Not Abandon Listening," Education Week, August 31, 2011.
"Let Strategies Serve Literature," Educational Leadership, March 2011.
"The Spark of Specifics: How a Strong Curriculum Enlivens Classroom and School Culture," American Educator, Winter 2010–2011.
"Why Do We Need a Philosophy of Education? The Forgotten Insights of Michael John Demiashkevich," American Educational History Journal 37, no. 1 (2010).
"The Most Daring Education Reform of All," American Educator, Spring 2010.
"Solitude: A Flashlight Under the Covers," Education Week, May 27, 2009 (online only).
"The Book-Gift," in Your Echo Comes Back in Greek: A Festschrift in Honor of Rosanna Warren on the Occasion of Her Retirement, ed. Miles Cayman and Michael Rutherglen (July 2023).
"Apology in Seven Tongues," The Satirist, July 1, 2021.
"Afternoon Visit (Sestina)," Kol Hadash, Spring 2014.
"The Life and Death (and Life) of Galoom," Zirkus, Spring 1992.
"Tower Sketch," Zirkus, Winter 1992.
"Notes for a Course on Phonology," Yale Literary Magazine, Spring 1991.
"Embarking from Libau," Zirkus, Fall 1989 (?).
"Coffee Psalm," Yale Literary Magazine, Fall 1990.
"Tornado, July 10, 1989," Zirkus, Fall 1989 (?).
"Immemorial," The Penny Truth / Krajcáros igazság, Spring 2021.
"The Auditorium," Watchword, Issue 5 (Autumn 2003).
"The Diagnosis," Watchword, Issue 3 (Spring 2002).
"November Love Letter," Yale Literary Magazine, Fall 1991.
Interviews and presentations
On Friday, September 27, 2019, I had the honor of being interviewed by the journalist and author Zsolt Bajnai for his wonderful blogSzolnok , which I read daily. This was my first interview in Hungarian.
On Friday, February 22, 2019, I flew in from Hungary to give a reading at Book Culture in New York City. We had a lively discussion. Thanks to everyone who came!
On Thursday, February 14, 2019, I had two book discussions in Szolnok: first at the Széchenyi István Gimnázium, and later at the Verseghy Ferenc Könyvtár. Marianna Fekete was the beszélgetőtárs (discussion partner). Thanks to everyone who came and everyone who made this possible. You can see the poster here and a photo here. (Thanks to my colleague Fekete Józsefné for the photo.)
On Tuesday, October 30, 2018, the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture hosted the first event for Mind over Memes; I read from the book, engaged in dialogue with Dr. Larry Allums, and answered questions from the audience. Thanks to everyone who came and to everyone who made this event possible! You can read a Q&A here; a video will be available soon.
On Sunday, November 18, 2018, Massolit Books & Cafe in Budapest hosted my first Hungarian book event! I read passages from Mind over Memes, and then we had a lively discussion about language and languages.
On June 29, 2015, I gave a presentation at the PLATO Conference in Seattle, in a session with Carl Rosin. The founding co-editors-in-chief of CONTRARIWISE, Ron Gunczler and Nicholas Pape, presented as well (Nicholas by Skype); current co-editor-in-chief Kelly Clevenson helped with technology. (Here's a photo from the second day of the conference.)
A video by the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture—about the future of the humanities—features interviews with three Hiett Prize winners—and a special appearance by CONTRARIWISE!
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.)
On April 16, 2014, I spoke at SUNY Cobleskill about solitude and my book.
On February 19, 2014, I delivered a lecture titled "The Slow Murmur of Learning: Honoring Substance and Solitude in Education." This event was part of the lecture series "'Civil' Society? On the Future Prospects of Meaningful Dialogue," hosted by the University of Florida's Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere. An article about the lecture appeared in the Gainesville Sun.
On October 11, 2013, in St. Louis, I spoke (and took part in a panel discussion with Franklin "Buzz" Spector and Hugh Dubberly) at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Read the text of the speech.
I was interviewed by Judith Regan (SiriusXM Stars) on Saturday, April 27, at 11:30 a.m. (Podcast available by subscription or free trial.)
I gave the principal address, "Measure Against Measure: Responsibility Versus Accountability in Education," at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the National Association of Schools of Music, San Diego, November 19, 2012.
On August 22, 2012, I spoke to faculty at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School. These teachers read Republic of Noise for a summer seminar, led by English teacher Stella Schindler, on "Silence and Solitude in the 21st Century." After the talk, each seminar participant gave a presentation on something related to the book; topics ranged from mathematics to icon-painting to gardening.
I was interviewed by Bill Newman on WHMP (Northampton, MA), March 1, 2012. With Reverend Peter Ives and Rabbi Justin David. (Interview begins at 37:40 in the podcast.)
In December 2011, I was interviewed by Alice Karekezi at Salon about my new book, Republic of Noise.
I discussed my book in an interview with the Dallas Morning News, October 22, 2011.
On May 26, 2011, I gave presentations to principals and teachers in a network of public schools in New York City. Lively discussions followed.
Letters to the Editor
"Making Schools Work for Our Kids," letter to the editor, New York Times, February 5, 2007.
"Reading, Rehashing, 'Rithmetic," letter to the editor, New York Times, March 28, 2006.
Performed my cello/voice cover of the Hungarian song "Maradok ember" (by 1LIFE; lyrics by Marcell Bajnai) in a short concert at school. Here is a video of the concert highlights. Also, here is an excerpt from a performance of the same cover at the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture in July 2019.
Contributed lyrics to the Breeders' song "Head to Toe."