Pilgrimage: Old North

“The Pilgrimage Project” has been a multi-disciplinary, collaborative experiment, funded by the Initiative on Technology-Enabled Learning (ITEL), devoted to rediscovering the spaces of Georgetown’s campus. Inspired by the reflective journeys and pilgrimages that cut across faiths and cultures, the experiment seeks to cultivate a spirit of contemplation on campus. Our first focus was Old North, Georgetown’s oldest standing academic building.

For the past year, multiple classes at Georgetown have been on a pilgrimage to Old North. Students from Georgetown’s English department wrote haiku in Dahlgren courtyard outside of the building, students in the Museum Studies program researched a set of paintings displayed within, and students in the Communication, Culture & Technology program (CCT) explored the history of Georgetown and the work of their fellow students through film, remix, and ultimately an interactive installation.

On April 22nd, 2016, Old North became a site of actual and digital pilgrimage, inspiring contemplation, awareness, and interaction. The combined effort of 6 undergraduate and graduate courses culminated in a series of multimedia, interactive installations to demonstrate the site’s architectural, cultural, and social heritage. Visitors came to experience the stories of Old North’s past, present, and future.

April 22, 2016 Pilgrimage Project Installation

Visit the event page to learn more about the projects that were exhibited in Old North on April 22nd, or make your own pilgrimage to the Old North building at Georgetown University, 3700 O St NW, Washington, DC 20057.