''Pilgrimage and Memory in the Internet Age'' is Jan. 21

Lewis University’s Art of Memory spring semester events begin Jan. 21

Published: December 21, 2009.

To begin the spring semester of Lewis University’s Art of Memory events, a presentation called “Virtually Sacred: Pilgrimage and Memory in the Internet Age” will take place at 2 p.m. on Jan. 21 in Room AS-158-A (A-133) on the university’s main campus in Romeoville.

Dr. Maryellen D. Collett, assistant professor of theology, will use interdisciplinary tools from religious studies as well as media studies to explore configurations of sacred time and sacred space in the virtual realm. Keeping in mind traditional models of pilgrimage, her presentation will explore the impact of technology on the possibilities for pilgrimage in the Internet age, including opportunities for virtual pilgrimage and rituals of sacred memory. It will also consider the construction and use of sacred spaces in virtual worlds by virtual selves, in avatar-based technologies such as Second Life.

The Art of Memory series is presented by the Lewis University History Center: Urban, Cultural and Catholic History of the Upper Midwest, which supports a biannual symposium. It is also a part of Lewis University’s Arts & Ideas Program, providing cultural and educational programming for students and the community. These events are free of charge and open to the public.

For further information, please contact Dr. Ewa Bacon at (815) 836-5568.

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