Field Trips

During our upcoming Symposium we are excited to offer two different field trip opportunities to the famous Washington DC community of Georgetown, located just across Key Bridge from our base at the Hyatt Arlington. These events will be led by two colleagues from Georgetown University with considerable local expertise.

Both of these free events will take place on Wednesday May 24th after our formal sessions will have ended for the day. Each has a capacity of 20 people, so reserve a slot early if you are interested.  Sign-ups will be available on Tuesday morning at the registration desk.


A.  Historical Happenings at Georgetown University

Lead: Christa Pluff, Georgetown University
Begins: Lobby of the Hyatt Arlington, 5:30 pm, Wednesday May 24
Ends: Front Gates (37th and O Streets NW), at approximately 7:30 pm
Description: Founded in 1789, Georgetown University is the nation’s oldest Catholic and Jesuit college. Over the last two centuries from its home on the Hilltop, our university has witnessed tremendous change and challenges, from a civil war dividing faculty and students to recent efforts in reconciling a slave-holding past. Join us for a brief walk through this history… and perhaps a walk up the Exorcist stairs.

B. The Georgetown Sampler

Lead: Jon Lagdameo, Georgetown University
Begins: Lobby of the Hyatt Arlington, 5:30 pm, Wednesday May 24
Ends: Georgetown Waterfront, at approximately 7:15 pm
Description: This tour will explore some beautiful scenic locations around Georgetown. After heading over the bridge towards the Exorcist stairs with the other tour group, we will meander around the historic houses and front gates of Georgetown University, then stroll along the shopping district on M Street, see the Canal, and end at the Waterfront. Along the way, participants can stop off for award-winning cupcakes or coffee if they wish, and conduct reconnaissance for later dinner options.