The Majic Bus

The Majic Bus : An American Odyssey

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What happens when a young history professor and a philosopher-trucker with a custom-fitted "Majic Bus" take seventeen undergraduates across America in a learning-adventure-on-wheels?The Majic Bus recounts the maiden voyage of Hofstra University's traveling course, "An American Odyssey: Art and Culture across America." At the prompting of students who were restless in the classroom and eager to learn about America by seeing and doing, Professor Douglas Brinkley arranged to teach a six-week experimental class aboard a sleeper bus, equipped with beds, a stereo - even a shower. The class would visit thirty states and ten national parks. They would read twelve books by great American writers. They would see Bob Dylan in Seattle, gamble at a Vegas casino, dance to Bourbon Street jazz in New Orleans, pay homage to Elvis Presley's Graceland and William Faulkner's Rowan Oak, meditate at a Buddhist college in Colorado, brand cattle in South Dakota, hike in the Rockies, ride the white water rapids on the Rio Grande, and get all shook up in a California quake.Their journey took them to Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, Jimmy Carter's Atlanta, Abraham Lincoln's Springfield, Harry Truman's Independence, and Theodore Roosevelt's North Dakota Badlands. And it gave them the unforgettable experience of meeting some of their cultural heros: William S. Burroughs in Kansas, and Ken Kesey in Oregon, where he took the gang for a spin in his psychedelic bus, "Further."From state to state Professor Brinkley's roving classroom generated tremendous media attention. Back at the university, letters poured in from students and educators alike asking how they could create or participate in such a course. The Majic Bus is a first-person account of this unique learning expedition, driven by Doug Brinkley's energetic prose; punctuated by telling references and quotable quotes; moving to the sounds of blues, jazz, oldies, and grunge; and illustrated by over sixty student photographs, it is a history of America's past and history-in-the-making; an offbeat travelogue, a blueprint print for alternative teaching and a pop cultural tour de force; a tribute to the way of the Beats and the ideals of the Kennedys, and, in the words of historian Stephen Ambrose, "a veritable love song to America."
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  • Hardback | 513 pages
  • 182.88 x 236.22 x 45.72mm | 1,338.09g
  • United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0151556946
  • 9780151556946

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