November 29, 2012
Michelle Lorenzini

Get Plans Ready for 2013 Atlas Week

It is time to start planning events for the 2013 Sam and Marilyn Fox Atlas Week program. This year's event, "Advocacy in a Globalized World: From the Classroom to the Frontline," will be held Monday through Friday, April 8-12.

The Atlas Planning Committee will accept event submissions Wednesday, Dec. 5, through Friday, Feb. 8. While early submissions are encouraged, do not submit events before all details have been finalized.

All faculty, students and staff are welcome to participate in the program and share their international knowledge, scholarship and service with the wider University community. Past events have included special lectures, roundtable discussions, open classes, international films, cultural performances and special exhibits.

One of the main goals of the Atlas Program is to increase awareness of the global issues that confront us today in an effort to not only to promote discussion, but also to inspire and inform action. It focuses on what we as global citizens can do to contribute to a better life for all people now and in the future. The Atlas Program is unique in that for one week of the year, it brings together members of the University community to focus on the global challenges that confront us in the 21st century.

The events held during the week are designed to achieve five main goals:

  • To educate our students and increase their awareness of issues of global injustice
  • To inspire and inform student activism regarding issues of global injustice
  • To build a community of scholars at SLU whose teaching and research focuses on global challenges by forging interdisciplinary ties and collaboration across the University
  • To foster faculty and student cooperation in the area of international research and service
  • To promote cross-cultural understanding and an appreciation of diversity

Atlas Week will open with an Interfaith Prayer Service Monday, April 8, in St. Francis Xavier College Church. John Prendergast will deliver the keynote address at the Atlas Week Signature Symposium at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, in the Wool Ballrooms of Busch Student Center. He will serve as a visiting peace practitioner for at SLU April 10-11 and participate in several other organized events. The program will conclude on Friday, April 12, with the Parade of Nations and the Billiken World Festival

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