Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Finding the Heart of America: Highway 50

Six Thursdays beginning October 2

What were the noble ideas that shaped our nation and how have these ideas played out across the country? In this special series, Highway 50 will be used to explore America from its founding, early development, civil war, and westward expansion, to the present day. Time Magazine has called U.S. Highway 50 the “main street of America,” so what better vehicle to explore the country? It extends from Maryland’s eastern shore to Sacramento and passes through Washington, D.C., Cincinnati, St. Louis, Kansas City and the heartland of America. This will not be a traditional travelogue or history class. Instead, PROFESSOR DAVID MARSH will present seven themes about the nature of America and all participants will work together to seek the heart of America using Highway 50 as an anchor, prompt, and storyboard. The class will be lively, entertaining, and interactive— with all perspectives, questions, and stories welcomed to complete the view of the U.S. from the perspective of “main street” and to answer, “What Is America Today?”
This series is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Simply call the Library’s reference desk at (626) 300-0777 ext. 579 and reserve a space. Walk-in registration is also welcomed. Sessions will take place in the Library’s Barth Community Room on the following Thursdays: October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and November 6, 2014, from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Professor David Marsh has spent the last decade exploring America along Highway 50. In the style of Charles Kuralt, he has driven every mile of the highway, talked with many locals along the route, visited key museums and sites, and read local newspapers. He brings stories, photos, reflections, and a decade of experiences to share. At USC, Marsh was the Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the Rossier School of Education and the Robert A. Naslund Professor of Curriculum and Instruction.

Parking is free behind the Library and on the street. For further Information contact Jerome B. Walker, Ph.D., Director, jbwalker@usc.edu or Judith C. Diaz, Assistant Director, judydiaz@usc.edu (213) 740-8841 or visit USC Emeriti Center College http://emeriticollege.usc.edu