Saint Louis University

April 1 - April 8, 2017

The Seventeenth Annual Sam and Marilyn Fox Atlas Week program will be held the week of April 1 - 8, 2017. 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 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 theme for the 2017 Atlas Program is "Visions for Global Change: Start Where You Are. Do What You Can."  The keynote speaker for the week will be Alison Thompson. Alison has worked as a full time volunteer for the past 16 years, running refugee and internally displaced persons camps and field hospitals in Sri Lanka, Haiti, the Philippines, Greece ( Syrian and Iraq refugees), Turkey, Nepal, and numerous disasters around the world. In 2005, she founded CTEC-the first Tsunami Early-Warning Disaster Center in Sri Lanka along with a Children's Learning Center and Tsunami Museum.  She will deliver the Atlas Keynote Address Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. in Busch Student Center Ballroom.

Atlas Week will open with a Kick-Off event on the evening of Sunday, April 2nd. The Annual Interfaith Prayer Service will be held on Monday, April 3rd in St. Francis Xavier College Church. The program will conclude on Friday, April 7th with the Parade of Nations and the Billiken World Festival.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Michelle Lorenzini at