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Born in Germany, Diana Toman grew up outside an idyllic medieval village close to the Rhine River. She was surrounded by nature and shaped by the music of Schumann and Schubert. From childhood on, she accompanied her mother, a singer, to performances in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Diana received degrees in Philosophy, Psychology and Comparative Literature attending Princeton University and Fordham University. In Graduate School she studied Psychology and worked as an intern at Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital. She also pursued a graduate degree in Comparative Literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). Diana has taught Comparative Literature and German throughout the CUNY system, The Jewish Theological Seminary, etc. She currently teaches at the Graduate Center (CUNY) and also coordinates the Language Reading Program which offers intensive courses [Latin, French, German, Spanish, etc.] for the translation of scholarly texts. Some of life’s pleasures for her: viewing [not climbing!] snow-covered mountains, eating chocolate and watching the antics of her two cats, Kafka and Lola.