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Global and Local Justice: The UN Millennium Development Goals

2010 Sam and Marilyn Fox ATLAS Program

The Tenth Annual Sam and Marilyn Fox ATLAS Week Program was held the week of March 22 to 26, 2010.  The theme was "Global and Local Justice: The United Nations Millennium Development Goals." More than 80 events were scheduled during the week. To find out more about the events held around campus, please visit our 2010 calendar.

The keynote address by Hauwa Ibrahim was held Wednesday, March 24, in the Busch Student Center, Wool Grand Ballroom at 5:30 p.m. She addressed the third UNMDG, "Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women". Ms. Ibrahim was one of the first female lawyers from Northern Nigeria and has served as defense counsel in over 100 cases defending poor and marginalized people particularly women and children and especially those condemned under the Islamic Sharia law.

The Atlas Program is designed to recognize the international dimension of Saint Louis University's academic programs and to celebrate SLU's role in international education and service in light of our Jesuit tradition. Over the course of its evolution, this one-week program has expanded its mission and has become an important program for promoting global civic engagement at SLU. One of the main goals of the Atlas Program is to increase awareness of the global issues that confront us today in an effort not only to promote discussion, but 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 service

The Billiken World Festival was held on Friday, March 26. The Parade of Nations kicked off the event which also featured live cultural music and dance, academic and student information booths, and international cuisine.

Higher purpose. Greater good.
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