Africa on Six Wheels: A Semester on Safari

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U of Nebraska Press, 2007 - Education - 201 pages
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"I think I get it," Betty Levitov's youngest student said, sitting on a porch in Harare, Zimbabwe. "You've had a potentially fatal disease, and faced death, and now you'll do just about anything." The student was trying to fathom why a teacher would take thirteen kids from a small midwestern liberal arts college on a three-month trek across Africa.
 

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Levitov (English, Doane Coll.) writes of a semester spent with her students not at her liberal arts college but in the eastern and southern countries of Africa. Landing in Tanzania in early September ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
1 Tarzan and Tutankhamen
5
2 Waiting for Gavin
19
3 Mr Mushi
33
4 The Wazungu Whale
46
5 Nairobbery
55
6 Captain Simba and the Stone House Gang
72
7 I Wonder as I Wander
96
8 Good Days Bad Days and Mzuzu Days
108
9 Njaya
113
10 Mr Chiumia
131
11 Fawlty Towers
145
12 Wash Me
157
13 Long Street
167
Epilogue
177
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Page vi - The academy is not paradise. But learning is a place where paradise can be created. The classroom, with all its limitations, remains a location of possibility. In that field of possibility we have the opportunity to labor for freedom, to demand of ourselves and our comrades an openness of mind and heart that allows us to face reality even as we collectively imagine ways to move beyond...

About the author (2007)

Betty Levitov is a professor of English at Doane College, where she specializes in African literature, African studies, and Holocaust literature.

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