There is much to admire about the work of Doug Levitt as he has looked to address some of the most pressing social concerns in the U.S. through his “The Greyhound Diaries’ art project. The multimedia project can be found Online or viewed in person through one of the many live performances Doug embarks on as he continues his bus journey’s that allow him to interact with people on the hard lines of U.S. society battling to better their lives.
Doug Levitt has remained amazed at the range of people he has met on the more than 120,000 miles of bus trips he has taken after embarking on a short journey to find inspiration in 2004. ‘The Greyhound Diaries’ have become a passion for Doug Levitt who quickly saw the effects of the 2008 economic downturn long before they became clear to the public at large; Doug believes these issues can still be seen as the effects of the recession linger on for many seeking a better life and an escape from poverty.
Interviews with Doug Levitt reveal he has met people from all social and religious groups during his journeys by bus that form part of his project, he claims he has seen both the good and bad sides of the U.S. on his journey’s that have given him a glimpse of a world rarely reported on. The U.S. has a long history of musicians and authors heading out on road trips designed to provide inspiration for their art; Levitt believes his work can bring some reality to the many figures provided by the media and government agencies about the problem of poverty in the heart of the U.S.
After embarking on his career as an artist Doug Levitt has seen his work of ‘The Greyhound Diaries’ provide him with a wide range of live performance options; among the iconic venues Doug has performed at are the Woody Guthrie Center, The Kennedy Center, and the University of Southern California. The advocacy work Doug Levitt has now undertaken fighting against the rising levels of poverty in the U.S. has also seen him perform at homeless shelters throughout the nation.
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Open Access is the way of the future when it comes to published materials. In the past Open Access was related solely to the expiration of copyright on texts, but now the world of academia is tending towards having full Open Access journals. Some higher education establishments are wary of this new trend, but such is not the case with Wessex Institute of Technology.
WIT has introduced an eLibrary that contains over 28,000 peer reviewed articles in Open Access. There exist other journal databases such as EBSCO Host and Google Scholar that provide links to some Open Access materials, but Wessex Institute of Technology’s eLibrary is unique in having solely Open Access material.
The content of the articles deals primarily with work in the fields of science and engineering. Included in their collections are journals such as the International Journal of Safety and Security Engineering and the International Journal of Energy Production and Management.
WIT’s eLibrary truly is pioneering the path for the use of Open Access journals and articles among higher education establishments. In so doing it is expanding the audience that can enter into the academic conversation.