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Deborah J. Levine
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DEBORAH J. LEVINE is the editor of the American Diversity Report and award-winning author. Brought up in colonial British Bermuda and inserted into America as a young girl, Deborah has degrees in cultural anthropology, urban planning, and numerous culture-related fellowships. Headquartered in Chattanooga TN, she designs programs and resources for cross-cultural expertise, global leadership, and religious diversity literacy. Her book, Going Southern: The No-Mess Guide to the South, is a blend of history, storytelling with practical cross-cultural instruction for expats & transplants navigating Southern culture.

Deborah is the founder of the SE Women’s Council on Diversity and the DuPage/Chicago Interfaith Resource Network. She has been staff and/or consultant to the American Jewish Committee, the Central Conference of American Rabbis, and Jewish Federations. She is a 2013 recipient of the Diversity Champion Award and has received awards from the Tennessee Economic Task Force on Women; Girls Inc/ Chattanooga; American Planning Association/Chicago; National Catholic Press Association. Her book, Teaching Curious Christians about Judaism, was taken to the Vatican as a gift for Pope Francis.

Entries by Deborah J. Levine

Imagine CYBERSPACE without HATE

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2016 | 11:57 AM

As a former target of Cyber Hate, I sat spellbound with various movers and shakers of Chattanooga's Jewish community as we listened to Jonathan Vick, Assistant Director of the Cyber Safety Center of the Anti-Defamation League. Founded in 1913 "to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure...

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Portrait of an Innovator, Engineer, and Educator: Dr. Ed McMahon

(1) Comments | Posted June 11, 2016 | 6:45 AM

Back in 1969, when the University of Chattanooga merged with the University of Tennessee system and became the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC), the school of engineering became the College of Engineering. The college has consistently reflected the changing nature of STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). Absorbing computer...

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A Chattanooga Dialog with the Fed: Local & Global Economics

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2016 | 7:26 AM

A Federal Reserve Director of Regional Economic Information Network, Galina Alexeenko, recently spoke at the International Business Council (IBC) of the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce. Alexeenko is an international economist headquartered in the Fed's Atlanta office and connected to its five branches in the Southeast region. She participated in an...

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International Business Trends: A Chattanooga Story

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2016 | 10:09 AM

Chattanooga, Tennessee is one of many small and medium size Southern cities to see an influx of international companies in the past decade. Their impact has greatly influenced the direction of the South's economy. They have generated elevated job expectations, developed new vendors, expanded exporting efforts, and are changing the...

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The Liberator's Daughter

(1) Comments | Posted March 29, 2016 | 7:26 AM

Award-winning author Deborah J. Levine launches her historical memoir, The Liberator's Daughter. Rising from their Eastern European Jewish immigrant roots, her family of Swigs, Levines, and Malloys left a legacy of tikkun olam, repairing the world. Estelle and Aaron Levine met as students at Harvard University, fell in love and...

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Women GroundBreakers: Immigrant Stories

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2016 | 6:55 AM

Chattanooga's 2016 GroundBreakers Storytelling Series began with a session on immigrants. Introduced by entrepreneur Denise Reed, three women who immigrated to Chattanooga shared their stories, followed by Dr. Lisa Clark Diller, Chair of History & Political Studies/ Southern Adventist University. Diller explained, "Historians collect stories over time and then try...

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The Majestic Deborah J. Levine and the E-Book Pirates

(1) Comments | Posted March 8, 2016 | 1:30 PM

I discovered that I was Majestic last week when I finally decided to publish my book, Teaching Curious Christians about Judaism, as an e-book on Amazon's Kindle. I'd resisted creating a kindle version of the paperback for years. Originally published by the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago in the...

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Globalization on Campus: A Chattanooga Case Study

(2) Comments | Posted February 29, 2016 | 7:35 PM

Educating for Going Global

The International Business Council (IBC) of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a panel of educators who have much to teach us about globalization. IBC speakers often represent the international businesses that have flocked to this small Southern city. This month's...

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Should There Be a Black History Month?

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2016 | 2:44 PM

The debate over Black History Month is not new, but it intensified when this year's Oscar nominees were all Caucasian. For the second year in a row, the Oscars earned the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite. The Los Angeles Times noted that, "It's another embarrassing Hollywood sequel ... the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and...

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A Grass Roots Response to Education Inequity

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2016 | 11:32 AM

Carvent 'Leon' Webb II is the Founder/CEO of The Open Book Foundation based in Charlotte, North Carolina. He created the nonprofit organization in 2013 to bridge the gap between Title I schools and literacy competency. The African American men involved with the nonprofit could no longer sit on the sidelines...

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The Joys of Yiddish and the 'Schlonged' Debate

(7) Comments | Posted December 28, 2015 | 7:47 AM

Talk about a cultural disconnect! There was Donald Trump explaining the real meaning of the Yiddish term "schlonged." He claims that it isn't vulgar. In reality, I'm dying here writing about this the term which doesn't exist as a verb in Yiddish. The word "schlonge" means penis, it's rude and...

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Women Inspiring Women with Stories

(1) Comments | Posted December 7, 2015 | 5:18 PM

Who among us has not been touched by success stories or by stories of daring adventures, altruistic sacrifices, or futuristic inventions? Whether it's rags-to-riches or rising from the ashes, we're moved and motivated by stories of overcoming life's obstacles. How do these stories, often of people and places unknown to...

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French Introspection & Action: The Paris Aftermath

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2015 | 3:06 PM

What are the French saying in the aftermath of the Paris attacks? What are Parisians thinking as they add the massacre of November 13 to the surge of refugees and the persistently slow economic progress? I asked these questions of my colleague, Andrew Scharf, a business and entrepreneur adviser in...

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The Power of Words and a Nudge

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2015 | 12:00 PM

Where better to hear a speech on The Power of Words than at a library? That was Tom Griscom's topic at the annual meeting of Chattanooga's public library board of directors. I couldn't resist joining them atop four floors of books, DVDs, and periodicals. Griscom had revitalized my passion for...

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Paris: An American Muslim Speaks Out

(3) Comments | Posted November 20, 2015 | 12:16 PM

The violence in Paris has dominated the news and must stop. Holiday spirits are minimal as the world adjusts to new realities, greater awareness. I received this letter from an American Muslim woman who has written for the American Diversity Report in the past about interfaith coalition efforts....

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Think It's Fun to Be Politically Incorrect?

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 4:43 PM

College campuses are lively explorations of just how far youthful exuberance can take rebellion against political correctness. While we diversity professionals emphasize that slang and snarky jokes do not translate across cultural boundaries, we're fighting an uphill battle with many of these students. Concerned for their future, my colleague Terry...

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Self-awareness in Leadership: Lean In Wisdom

(0) Comments | Posted November 9, 2015 | 4:29 PM

Chattanooga's Lean In Chapter began its exploration of global leadership where leadership begins: self-awareness. Why is self-awareness the integral ingredient to real leadership? These Women Groundbreakers answered that question with the energy and passion of people who have "been there -- done that."

They shared stories of how you...

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Advice for Going Global

(1) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 1:04 PM

Doing business today requires a global mindset as we increasingly interact with customers, vendors, employees, and colleagues from many countries and multiple cultures. Key strategies for developing that mindset are shared by colleagues at the Institute for Cross Cultural Management (ICCM) at the Florida Institute of Technology. Curtis Curry shows...

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Making the Chattanooga-German Connection

(3) Comments | Posted October 29, 2015 | 10:59 AM

Tennessee is home to hundreds of international companies worth billions of dollars. Chattanooga, the smallest of Tennessee's four major cities, is the site of the only Volkswagen plant in the United States. VW is not the only German company in our area, but its arrival a half dozen years ago...

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Global Leadership: Southern Women Lean In

(1) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 12:57 PM

Chattanooga's Lean In - Women GroundBreakers is a Think Tank of diverse faith, community, youth, and business leaders. The women meet monthly to discuss trends and strategies for making a difference. As part of the international Lean In movement, their Think Tank discussions are published locally and globally. Be inspired...

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