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< div> & #8220; I think I get it, & #8221; Betty Levitov& #8217; s youngest student said, sitting on a porch in Harare, Zimbabwe. & #8220; You& #8217; ve had a potentially fatal disease, and faced death, and now you& #8217; ll do just about anything.& #8221; 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.< /div> < div> & nbsp; < /div> < div> The answer, a learning experience like no other, unfolds in Levitov& #8217; s thoroughly engaging account of her life-changing stint as a < i> mwalimu< /i> (& #8220; teacher& #8221; in Swahili) with an Australian bus driver and thirteen college kids from Nebraska in tow. The group& #8217; s wanderings take them& #8212; and us& #8212; through seven countries. Through dhow trips and donkey rides on the Swahili island of Lamu, scuba diving and spice tours in Zanzibar, camping in the Namib Desert, and swimming on the edge of a cataract at Victoria Falls, we encounter remarkable people, new customs, and intriguing arts (along with malaria, flat tires, a bike accident, and a hostage crisis). As the students apprentice themselves to African cooks, fishermen, carvers, and batik artists, we discover with them a subtle and complex connection among people normally worlds apart.< /div> < div> & nbsp; < /div> < div> < /div>

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"Levitov's unique, lyrical memoir of three months in Africa leading a group of University of Nebraska students deserves a wide audience. English professor Levitov, a seasoned traveler, doesn't simply know Africa well, she knows how to write about it, capturing an exquisite sense of place in just a few words, and making the countries they visit-Tanzania, Kenya, Botswana, South Africa and especially Malawi-pop off the page. Just as keen is her genius for capturing the personalities of her traveling companions and those they meet: student Sean, who fights malaria; Misha, who befriends a Nairobi boat captain; Gavin, their fearless, rock-solid driver; and Sonja, always the Africans' first choice for dancing. The Africans they encounter are just as memorable, especially Mr. Chiuma, whom Levitov befriends in Malawi; he insists she take one of his two chairs as a gift. Interacting with and learning about their 'joyous, happy, and thankful' African hosts, Levitov develops her pedagogic rationale for dragging 16 white kids across the Dark Continent: 'the generosity of spirit I see again and again among people who have so little...is a way of being that we Westerners, in our wild strivings to progress and excel, have lost.' How pleasurable for readers that Levitov has managed to capture that beautiful African spirit in this fine travelogue." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

“I think I get it,” Betty Levitovs youngest student said, sitting on a porch in Harare, Zimbabwe. “Youve had a potentially fatal disease, and faced death, and now youll 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.
 
The answer, a learning experience like no other, unfolds in Levitovs thoroughly engaging account of her life-changing stint as a mwalimu (“teacher” in Swahili) with an Australian bus driver and thirteen college kids from Nebraska in tow. The groups wanderings take them&#8212;and us&#8212;through seven countries. Through dhow trips and donkey rides on the Swahili island of Lamu, scuba diving and spice tours in Zanzibar, camping in the Namib Desert, and swimming on the edge of a cataract at Victoria Falls, we encounter remarkable people, new customs, and intriguing arts (along with malaria, flat tires, a bike accident, and a hostage crisis). As the students apprentice themselves to African cooks, fishermen, carvers, and batik artists, we discover with them a subtle and complex connection among people normally worlds apart.
 

About the Author

Betty Levitov (PhD, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 1983) is a professor of English at Doane College, where she specializes in African literature, African studies, and Holocaust literature.  Her critical work has appeared in The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present (Yale, 1990), and has been presented at the African studies conference. 

Product Details

ISBN:
9780803280540
Author:
Levitov, Betty
Publisher:
Bison Books
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Educators
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Teaching
Subject:
Experimental Methods
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
BIO026000
Subject:
Africa Description and travel.
Subject:
Teaching -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20070431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 map
Pages:
184
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in 0.5 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Levitov's unique, lyrical memoir of three months in Africa leading a group of University of Nebraska students deserves a wide audience. English professor Levitov, a seasoned traveler, doesn't simply know Africa well, she knows how to write about it, capturing an exquisite sense of place in just a few words, and making the countries they visit-Tanzania, Kenya, Botswana, South Africa and especially Malawi-pop off the page. Just as keen is her genius for capturing the personalities of her traveling companions and those they meet: student Sean, who fights malaria; Misha, who befriends a Nairobi boat captain; Gavin, their fearless, rock-solid driver; and Sonja, always the Africans' first choice for dancing. The Africans they encounter are just as memorable, especially Mr. Chiuma, whom Levitov befriends in Malawi; he insists she take one of his two chairs as a gift. Interacting with and learning about their 'joyous, happy, and thankful' African hosts, Levitov develops her pedagogic rationale for dragging 16 white kids across the Dark Continent: 'the generosity of spirit I see again and again among people who have so little...is a way of being that we Westerners, in our wild strivings to progress and excel, have lost.' How pleasurable for readers that Levitov has managed to capture that beautiful African spirit in this fine travelogue." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
“I think I get it,” Betty Levitovs youngest student said, sitting on a porch in Harare, Zimbabwe. “Youve had a potentially fatal disease, and faced death, and now youll 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.
 
The answer, a learning experience like no other, unfolds in Levitovs thoroughly engaging account of her life-changing stint as a mwalimu (“teacher” in Swahili) with an Australian bus driver and thirteen college kids from Nebraska in tow. The groups wanderings take them&#8212;and us&#8212;through seven countries. Through dhow trips and donkey rides on the Swahili island of Lamu, scuba diving and spice tours in Zanzibar, camping in the Namib Desert, and swimming on the edge of a cataract at Victoria Falls, we encounter remarkable people, new customs, and intriguing arts (along with malaria, flat tires, a bike accident, and a hostage crisis). As the students apprentice themselves to African cooks, fishermen, carvers, and batik artists, we discover with them a subtle and complex connection among people normally worlds apart.
 
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