Summer JINS Course Travels to England

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Gregory Jones (far right) stands with students at the Beatles Story Museum in Liverpool, England. The museum is a rich collection that chronicles the rise of the group from the ashes of the war torn harbor city.

This past summer, Truman State University students were presented with a unique way to take their Junior Interdisciplinary Seminar (JINS) course, as well as to experience the sites and sounds of the original British rock and roll invasion, via a study abroad course. The Rock Generation, a summer JINS course, traveled to London and Liverpool, England. The course was offered as part of the study abroad London Program.

The course, which was created by Gregory Jones, professor of music, in 1997, combines the study of the British Invasion of rock and roll music in the 1960s, with live performances at Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club, and the Nothin’ But the Blues Bar in London. Tours of famous British music landmarks were also a part of the course, including such historic sites in London as the Abbey Road Studios and Soho. Historical sites in Liverpool included Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields, the Cavern Club and the boyhood homes of the Beatles.

This unique summer course united Truman students with students from other universities in Missouri and the eastern United States.
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