After being graduated from Oberlin
College in 1967, Dr. Jim Lewin spent sixteen years living outside of the
academic framework. He worked at a number of occupations ranging from cab
driver to free-lance journalist. He has traveled to Taiwan, Japan, Mexico,
Europe, Turkey, and Israel, where he lived throughout 1973 and from 1976
to 1983. In 1982, he covered the Israeli invasion of Lebanon. He has
published more than 100 feature stories in a variety of publications, most
of them on various aspects of Israeli society and culture.
Dr. Lewin received an M.A. in Creative
Writing in 1985 and went on to receive a Ph.D. in English Literature in
1994 from the University of Illinois at Chicago. His dissertation deals
with the conflict of divine providence and political pragmatism in
Shakespeare's portrayal of the Wars of the Roses. He has published a
number of articles on novelist Nelson Algren, author of The Man with
the Golden Arm and A Walk on the Wild Side. Dr. Lewin is
currently working on an assignment for Scribners American Writers
series on Isaac Bashevis Singer. Dr. Lewin has also published on
"Shakespeare's Political Ghosts."
At Shepherd, Dr. Lewin has developed
courses on "Shakespeare's Hamlet in Context" and on "Magazine
Writing." Dr. Lewin also serves as the advisor to the Shepherd University
student newspaper, The Picket.