Author • Educator • Presenter
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
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Trevor Noah’s autobiography of his childhood and adolescence in this perilous, shifting landscape cleverly avoids polemical statements and moral platitudes. The very facts of how he learns to navigate the political currents swirling around him provides vivid commentary on those challenging times for South Africa.read more
JANET LEVINE BLOG: NYJB BOOK REVIEW: After 9/11: One Girl’s Journey through Darkness to a New Beginning
Throughout history witness-bearers through their stories provide personal glimpses into historic events that can otherwise become dates and place names and statistics. Hovitz’s book opens a window on one person’s journey in the aftermath of September 11. She has rendered a valuable service in adding her voice to the memory of this momentous interstice in world history.read more
Are you reading this Donald? A wise person told me that when someone is pointing a finger of blame at another, three fingers point back at—them. Do you get it?read more
So, for me it is her perceived lack of humility and grace under pressure that is bothering them at a visceral level. They are looking for an opening to support her whole-heartedly but these niggles remain.read more
* Drumpf models that it’s perfectly acceptable to be an ill-prepared, foul-mouthed ignoramus. As long as you can lie and lie again, and bully and browbeat, you can be President.
*Drumpf models to them that bluster and bullying, screaming obscenities at individuals and groups is acceptable —after all he’s running for President; he’s the standard-bearer of the Republican Party, he must be okay.
Janet's work with the Enneagram:
What is Janet currently writing?
Non-fiction: A Cultural Conundrum: The crossroads where culture and literature intersect-and sometimes collide
Contemplating fundamental ideas about the human condition. It is in its broadest scope a book of psychological and intellectual discovery. Discusses the interplay of culture and literature, an essential chicken and egg conundrum.
A Cultural Conundrum is about the crossroads where culture and literature intersect—and often collide. It poses the question: Does literature help to create culture, or does culture help to create literature? The book explores the underrepresented and often misunderstood interplay of ideas, attitudes, and beliefs that shape society. 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) Historical Fiction: Veld Fire–100 Years in Africa
What is Janet currently reading?
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.
The House of Gold by Natasha Solomons is an absorbing read. A family saga loosely based on the Rothschild dynasty, it takes place across Europe and from the mid-1880s to the end of the horrific First World War. The characters are absorbing and the situations well described. Highly recommend.
From Inspirational Faculty video, Milton Academy, 2018
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