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2014 Spring Issue 1 (April 11, 2014)

Carltography: Mapping the Carleton Narrative

April 12, 2014

“Regular maps have few surprises: their contour lines reveal where the Andes are, and are reasonably clear. More precious, though, are the unpublished maps we make ourselves, of our city, our place, our daily world, our life; those maps of our private world we use every day; here I was happy, in that place I left my coat behind after a party, that is where I met my love; I cried there once, I was heartsore; but felt better round the corner once I saw the hills of Fife across the Forth, things of that sort, our personal memories, that make the private tapestry of our lives.” Alexander McCall Smith

Have you ever wondered where your fellow Carls spend their time? Ever thought about how there is hardly an inch of campus that has been untouched by students, at one time or another? The physical landscape of Carleton holds different meanings and memories for each and every student on campus.

Vayu Maini Rekdal ’15, Jackson Van Fleet ’15, and Peter Barron ’17 are the creators of a project called Carltography, a collaborative artistic endeavor that invites members of the Carleton community to project their experiences and memories of Carleton onto a basic map. Through this project, they hope to not only illustrate the tremendous diversity of Carleton experiences, but also to foster a nurturing community that bridges new connections between individuals of diverse backgrounds, occupations, interests, and passions.

Map the mundane, map the extraordinary. Map the distant, the immediate; the obvious, the hidden. Map your Carleton. Visit or contact for more information

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