Dr. Diana Senechal
Diana Senechal’s book Republic of Noise: The Loss of Solitude in Schools and Culture was released in January 2012 by Rowman & Littlefield Education and was named an Outstanding Academic Title of 2012 by Choice. Her education writing has appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, Education Week, American Educator, Educational Leadership, and several leading education blogs. Her future projects include a study of the worship of change in American culture; an exploration of the teaching of Sophocles’ Antigone from coast to coast; and an analysis of Gogol’s stories for a general audience.
Senechal holds a Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literature from Yale University, with a dissertation on Nikolai Gogol. Her translations of the Lithuanian poetry of Tomas Venclova have been published in two books, Winter Dialogue (1997) and The Junction (2008). She has taught Russian as a graduate student at Yale and as a Mellon Fellow at Trinity College in Hartford.
From 2005 to 2009, and from 2011 onward, Senechal has taught and served as curriculum adviser in New York City public schools. She teaches philosophy at Columbia Secondary School for Math, Science, & Engineering; her students edit and publish the philosophy journal CONTRARIWISE.
Senechal has spoken on numerous radio programs and at venues around the U.S. In 2012, she delivered the principal address at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Schools of Music; in 2013, she was a keynote speaker and panelist at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. In April 2014, she took part in a discussion of solitude on BBC World Service’s program The Forum.
She is a Fellow of the Dallas Institute, a member of the council of ALSCW (Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers), and a member of PLATO (Philosophy Teaching and Learning Organization) and PEN. In July 2011, she joined the faculty of the Dallas Institute’s Sue Rose Summer Institute for Teachers.
In addition to writing and teaching, Dr. Senechal enjoys reading in various languages, playing cello, tackling unfamiliar subjects, rereading favorite literature, and memorizing poetry. She lives in Brooklyn.