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. Currently she is contemplating two new book projects. She loves writing her blog and connecting with hundreds of people whom comment on the blog.

Books by Janet Levine

Know Your Parenting Personality

Parenting Book

How To Use the Enneagram To Become The Best Parent You Can Be. Filled with practical advice taken from interviews with scores of parents and uses the e-model as a tool to improve family dynamics.

The Enneagram Intelligences: Understanding Personality for Effective Teaching and Learning

Educational Book

This book has helped thousands of educators to understand their motivations for how they teach and how their students learn. In 2000 it was nominated for the 2001 Grawemeyer Education Award. Translated into several languages it is now regarded as a “classic” work in Enneagram studies. Both these books are available in e-book formats

Inside Apartheid

Political Memoir

Bears witness to the horrors of living within the apartheid system from the perspective of a white activist. Levine, a crusading freelance journalist, was an elected public official, and she held office in many anti-apartheid organizations. She shares her love for the country as she fights against the tyranny of racism that tears at the lives of all South Africans. Inside Apartheid was reviewed in the New York Times Book Review, The New York Review of Books, Kirkus Review, et al.

Kirkus review: “A grim account by a white liberal South African expatriate of life “”in the belly of the beast”” that is apartheid. . .  A compelling, chastening work.”

Leela’s Gift

Fiction

Janet’s latest book, a novel, “Leela’s Gift” (2009)  is available at www.amazon.com and other online and brick bookstores. It describes a luminous inner journey that uncovers archetypal and highly relevant spiritual teachings including some of the secret teachings of Buddhism and the Enneagram.  Among these are meditation and yoga practices, practical paths to freedom from the often dispiriting quality of our contemporary lives.  “Leela’s Gift” intertwines modern philosophy and primal wisdom in telling a story as old as the human heart. You can read more about the novel and Janet’s work at www.leelasgift.com.

Updates & Writer’s Blog

 

Janet's work with the Enneagram:

Her book, Know Your Parenting Personality: How To Use the Enneagram To Become The Best Parent You Can Be (2003) is available from John Wiley & Sons. It is filled with practical advice taken from interviews with scores of parents and uses the e-model as a tool to improve family dynamics. You can read more about the book at www.parentingpersonality.com. Since its publication, The Enneagram Intelligences: Understanding Personality for Effective Teaching and Learning (1999) from Greenwood Publishing Group has helped thousands of educators to understand their motivations for how they teach and how their students learn. In 2000 it was nominated for the 2001 Grawemeyer Education Award. Translated into several languages it is now regarded as a “classic” work in Enneagram studies. Both these books are available in e-book formats.
Nine Styles of Teaching Using the Enneagram Model
Nine Styles of Learning Using the Enneagram Model

 

What is Janet currently writing?

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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.

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(Work in Progress) Olivia's Ghosts

A generational saga of several women in one family, their relationships, successes and failures. Set against the dramatic, tragic, ultimately triumphant political arc of South Africa 1880s-1980s.

What is Janet currently reading?

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Winter 2019

The Overstory by Richard Powers. I want to shout out loud from the roof tops , “Please read this novel.” Powerful! Compelling! Articulate! Engaging! Clearly, Richard Powers is firmly in the ranks of our foremost fiction writers in the English language—every book he’s written thus far is masterly. But, The Overstory is a masterpiece with the power to change one’s ideas forever on the current state of the world. This book is far more than about trees and forests and people; it is about the very essence of how we each conduct ourselves in the world. Five star recommendation. It has already won many Fiction Awards for 2018.

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Summer 2019

Parisian Lives by Deidre Blair is a memoir by the best-selling author who won a National Book Award for her biography of playwright Samuel Beckett, among her many other biographies. The book chronicles ten years in Bair’s life when she moved from part time journalist and part time university lecturer to becoming one of America’s most able biographers and an Ivy League professor. The book has a distinct feminist flavor detailing Bair’s struggles in the patronizing and paternalistic worlds of publishing and academe. Extremely readable, you feel you know areas of Paris as well as she does and touching. See her description of Simone de Beauvoir’ funeral. Available in November 2019

 

Speaking Engagement Bookings

Janet Levine is a popular speaker in the areas of her expertise, among them, how reading great literature influences life, the Enneagram personality model, and the politics of past and present day South Africa that shape that country’s future. She also presents talks on writing and the writing process while sharing her experiences. In her presentations she uses her books, videos and additional material where necessary. Janet has presented these materials internationally at conferences and workshops across North America and beyond. She can shape her presentation to fit your needs. For an extensive listing of past speaking references CLICK HERE.

Contact

From Inspirational Faculty video, Milton Academy, 2018

Janet Levine - Sharing Expertise that will Enrich Your Life.

janet@janetlevine.com

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