In May, Seth Frechie, PhD, is coming up on his 21st year of teaching at Cabrini. He teaches in the English, Writing, and Theatre programs. In addition to Creative Writing, which he has taught for many years, he particularly enjoys his courses: Literature of the Holocaust, Beat Literature, and J.D. Salinger. Currently, he is working on a creative manuscript that he began during his last sabbatical. Portions of the piece have been published, but he hopes to have the novel project completed this year.
Do you have a favorite subject matter – or lesson – that you teach?
I really enjoy teaching my Literature of the Holocaust course. The opportunity to share my faith with students is always welcome and the Washington, DC trip we make to the Holocaust Memorial Museum is a high point each semester I teach this class.
What is your go-to advice for Cabrini
Learn how to write. I know that sounds like typical English professor advice, but I see how many doors good reading, writing, and speaking skills can open. Former students write to me regularly with the same report – and the prospective employers who call me for recommendations always ask, “How well does so-and-so write?” Make no mistake, it matters.
What is your favorite item in your office and why?
An engraving of Maimonides, the great Jewish philosopher. His ideas and spiritualty have inspired me since I was a young man.
What is your favorite quote and why?
“I am large, I contain multitudes.” If I didn’t select a Whitman quotation my students would be disappointed.
Do you have any hidden talents or interests? If so, what are they?
I love to ride horses and I’m pretty good at it. One day (maybe soon) I’d like to own one too.
What are the top three songs on your current playlist?
"Staying Alive," "Disco Inferno," and "You Should Be Dancing." I have the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack on repeat for my workouts.
Which do you do more often - binge watch a TV series or have a movie marathon?
I like to binge watch series. Stranger Things, The Get Down, Broad City, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. The list goes on.
Where is your favorite place in the world?
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. I travel there regularly. Mexico City is a close second.
What are two things still left on your bucket list?
I don’t have a bucket list, but this afternoon I have to pick up apples and a bag of Tate’s Chocolate Chip Cookies. Does that count?