Amy-Jill Levine is a New Testament scholar who specializes in the teachings of Jesus Christ.
She's also Jewish.
"People do think it's weird that I'm a Jew and I happen to be an expert in the New Testament," she says. "But when we think about that, Jesus is Jewish, all of his immediate followers are Jewish, the New Testament talks about Jews, so at the very basic level, studying the New Testament is studying Jewish history."
The place is South Africa, during the time of apartheid. A young white man, referred to as Master Harold, has a tense relationship with his black servants, Sam and Willie. The play is called Master Harold...and the Boys, and it’s rooted in the real life experiences of playwright Athol Fugard.
The edition of The Method focuses on issues surrounding children’s health.
Seasonal Affective Disorder is a temporary depression that often shows up in the winter. You may think of it as a problem only for adults. But the American Academy of Pediatrics estimates three percent of children between the ages of 9 and 17 suffer from it. Child and adolescent psychiatrist John Kupfner of Peninsula Lighthouse in East Tennessee says he believes the condition is under-diagnosed in children.
In March of 2009, the unemployment rate in East Tennessee was skyrocketing. And Melissa Nance’s phone was ringing off the hook.
As Executive Director of Knoxville’s Friends of Literacy, Nance works closely with Knox County Schools’ Adult Education Program to provide assistance for those East Tennesseans who may have dropped out of school and would now like to get a high school equivalency diploma.