Orienteering month follows Lotman's footsteps
October is orienteering month at the university. This time it is dedicated to the upcoming 100th anniversary of world-famous semiotician, Professor of Russian Literature at the University of Tartu Juri Lotman (1922–1993).
Lotman was born and raised in St. Petersburg, but after graduating from the university, he could not find a job in his birth town. However, as Tartu Teachers Institute needed a teacher, Lotman arrived in Tartu at the age of 28. Tartu became his beloved hometown and he worked at the University of Tartu from 1954 until the end of his life.
The university’s orienteering course passes places that were important for Lotman at the university and in the city of Tartu. To provide a cultural experience, Lecturer in Semiotics Silvi Salupere and Junior Lecturer in Semiotics Katre Pärn have supplemented the website of the orienteering course with Lotman’s and his companions’ personal memories as well as exciting photos and videos.
After completing the course, register your participation in the registration form. In the form, you can also write down your thoughts about the symbols of Tartu. A number of nice gifts will be raffled between all registered participants who have shared their thoughts.
You are also most welcome to share photos of nice moments on the course on the Facebook event page.
How to start orienteering?
- Get the map from the front desk of the main building (Ülikooli 18), the Delta academic and research building (Narva 18), Biomedicum (Ravila 19), the university library (W. Struve 1) or the academic building at Vanemuise 46. You can also download the map to your smartphone.
- Before you start, make sure you know the map symbols.
- In total, there are 20 checkpoints, which you may take in any order.
- When you arrive at a checkpoint, scan the QR code with your phone. For that, install a QR code reader app in your phone or check whether your phone camera already has that function.
- The course passes residential areas, streets, green areas and other public places. Be careful in traffic! Beware that there are several objects on the course that you are not allowed to cross, such as fences, walls, flowerbeds or hedges. Similarly, do not enter private yards that are marked respectively. On the map, “no entry” areas are marked by the thick black line (fence, wall) and moss green colour.
Enjoy your autumnal walk with Lotman in Tartu!
Further information: Sirli Urbas, University of Tartu Staff Training Specialist, 737 5194, sirli.urbas [ät] ut.ee