Featuring technology expert Dr. John Dyer!

John Dyer (PhD, Durham University) is a dean and professor at Dallas Theological Seminary. He has also been a technology creator for more than 20 years, building tools used by Facebook, Google, Apple, Anheuser-Busch, the Department of Defense, and the Digital Bible Society, and his open source code is used on more than 30% of all websites. Dr. Dyer speaks and writes on technology, faith, and education for a number of publications including Gizmodo, Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, and in the book From the Garden to the City: The Redeeming and Corrupting Power of Technology. John and his brilliant wife Amber have two bright and hilarious children, Benjamin and Rebecca. You can find out more about him at

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October 28 – 29, 6:30 – 8:00pm

Featuring Dr. Diana Senechal, Gyula Jenei, and Marianna Fekete

Presented by the Dallas Institute’s Louise and Donald Cowan Center for Education™

Each year, the Cowan Center™ invites primary and secondary educators and also the general public to consider and explore the essential aims of humanities education and to hear guest speakers present their work for discussion. This semester, Institute Fellow Dr. Diana Senechal will make a special appearance, traveling to Dallas from Szolnok, Hungary, and bringing two of her colleagues from the Varga Katalin Secondary School, the poet and editor Gyula Jenei and the critic Marianna Fekete, for a two-day program during which they will make presentations about their work together in Hungary and invite audience members to participate.

Session 1

October 28, 6:30 – 8:00pm, Reception 6:00pm
A poetry reading and discussion, during which Mr. Jenei will read his poetry in Hungarian, Dr. Senechal will read her translations, and Ms. Fekete will join them in a panel discussion followed by audience Q&A.

Session 2
October 29, 6:30 – 8:00pm, Reception 6:00pm
A lecture by Ms. Fekete and Dr. Senechal on the Hungarian haiku poetry of Béla Markó, followed by a discussion that will include the audience and concluding with a “Hungarian haiku workshop” in which audience members will participate.

Read the poem “Radio” by Gyula Jenei and translated by Dr. Senechal

Poetic translations by Dr. Senechal I

Poetic translations by Dr. Senechal II

Interview between Dr. Senechal and author Zsolt Bajnai


Dr. Diana Senechal, the 2011 winner of the Hiett Prize in the Humanities and the author of Republic of Noise and Mind over Memes, currently teaches, along with Gyula Jenei and Marianna Fekete, at the Varga Katalin Secondary School in Szolnok. Her translations of Gyula Jenei’s and Marianna Fekete’s work will be published in the Spring 2019 and Fall 2019 issues of Literary Matters. A member of the faculty of the Dallas Institute’s Sue Rose Summer Institute for Teachers, she is delighted to return to the Institute with her colleagues this fall.

Gyula Jenei (born in 1962 in Abádszalók, Hungary) is a poet, writer, editor, educator, and the winner of several honors and awards. As founder and chief editor of the quarterly literary magazine ESŐ (translatable as “Rain” or “Falling”), he has brought literature and literary events to the Szolnok area for over twenty years. His poems and other writings comprise thirteen books; his reading at the Dallas Institute will feature poems from his acclaimed 2018 collection Mindig más (“Always Different”).

Marianna Fekete (born 1968 in Nyíregyháza, Hungary) is a literary critic, educator, and member of the editorial committee of the literary magazine ESŐ. Over the past ten years, her writings on Hungarian contemporary literature have appeared in journals such as ESŐ, Bárka, Tiszatáj, Spanyolnátha, and Kortárs.