Author • Educator • Presenter
Janet has decades of published writing experience both as a book author and a freelance journalist. She is the author of four published works. For twenty nine years (1986-2014) she taught in the English department at Milton Academy in Massachusetts. She leads workshops and presents programs internationally on the psychology of personality using the E-model. An anti-apartheid activist, she is an expert on South Africa and South African politics. The founder and leader of several successful non-profit organizations, in South Africa and the United States, Janet remains a committed activist for human rights.
Commitment to human rights
Janet has a life long commitment to human rights. She is a teacher—in the broadest sense of the word—in all she undertakes. She enjoyed her time in the classroom with her students, and continues her work supporting activist causes. The third part of her life’s passion is writing. She loves writing her blog and connecting with hundreds of people whom comment on the blog.
Books by Janet Levine
Nominated for the 2023 National Book Award
READING MATTERS: HOW LITERATURE INFLUENCES LIFE.
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and booksellers nation wide.
“Great writing in great stories can draw the reader into another’s walk, another’s way. It’s the beginning of human understanding and moral development, qualities sorely needed in today’s world. Levine’s book is an educator’s compelling testimony to that enduring truth.”
—Deval L. Patrick, former governor of Massachusetts 2007-2015; (BA, Harvard, English & American Literature Major)
“As the natural world and our political structures test the limits of our beliefs and the boundaries of reality, Levine’s work shines a light on the way in which those delineations are learned but may be changed. Levine addresses the full essence of a person, in both matters of the heart and matters of the mind.”
—Tze Chun, Founder and CEO of Uprise Art
“As a systems convener of learning communities for over 40 years, I find Levine’s book engages inspiring readings that offer effective catalysts for change in mind structure. This book reflects her life’s work as an educator.”
—Milton D. Cox, Founder and Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, The Journal on Excellence in College Teaching
“In this book Janet Levine explores how texts from a variety of literary traditions can expand our understanding of what it means to be human. The book invites all readers, regardless of age or profession, to open our minds to the possibility of seeing ourselves and our world anew. Levine straddles multiple cultures and from her unique perspective makes the familiar new and the new familiar.”
—Margery Sokoloff, Associate Director, Brandeis University Teacher Leadership Program
“What a fascinating book! I so agree with the title Reading Matters. As a group analyst I am immediately inspired to invite a group together to read this book, chapter by chapter, and discuss the deep themes so wisely chosen and presented by Janet Levine”
—Leila Valtonen, Training Psychotherapist in Helsinki University program of Group Analytic Psychotherapy.
“An inspiring demonstration of how great literature can change our minds, and our lives.”
—Tom Harper, prize-winning author of The Orpheus Descent and many other books
“An intriguing and thorough exploration of the relationship between literature and its impact on our culture and how we see the world around us.”
—Helaina Hovitz, author of After 9/11
“Janet Levine’s thoughtful and creative approach to the act of reading is greatly important. She has selected a distinguished and diverse set of readings to underscore what we often take for granted–that reading matters. We readers bring to the works a unique set of experiences and beliefs. The texts then help us to grow and evolve. For a reader who fought censorship most of her life, this book showed me how the freedom to read is an essential link to personal growth and our ability to be pro-active and make a better world.”
—Barbara M. Jones, Ph.D. Retired, Director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association; Executive Director, Freedom to Read Foundation
“The stunning endorsements for Janet Levine’s Reading Matters say it all. It is a book by a renowned author that belongs in every library and on every shelf of people who know and value the importance of great literature.”
Updates & Writer’s Blog
Matrix by Lauren Groff is a welcome assault on readers’ sensibilities–in this case ears and eyes, to say nothing of minds. In uniquely syntaxed prose, lucid and almost cinematographic in the unfolding of her tale, Groff creates a 12th century world that relies on...
In Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell, this highly regarded author delivers another slamdunk novel. Hamnet is her first venture into historical fiction. She creates the ethos of rural, Elizabethan England within the story of grief-stricken domesticity, as an unpretentious...
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What is Janet currently writing?
Non-fiction: READING MATTERS: How Literature Influences Life
By examining prominent texts, throughout history and from all parts of the world, readers will become more aware of how worldviews are created, developed, dissolved, and sometimes decimated…including their own.
(Work in Progress) Olivia's Ghosts
From Inspirational Faculty video, Milton Academy, 2018
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