Saint Louis University

The Sam and Marilyn Fox ATLAS program is held every year in the spring, highlighting the international dimension of Saint Louis University's academic programs. ATLAS week celebrates SLU's role in international education and service in light of the Jesuit tradition. The primary goal of the ATLAS program is to increase awareness of global issues in order to inspire and inform action.

Political Science Atlas Events

On-Going Events
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Exhibit - Turkish Society and Politics: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

April 3 - 9
Pius XII Memorial Library, Level 2 Gallery
Sponsored by: Department of Political Science, School of Social Work, Department of Women's and Gender Studies, and Office of Admission

Exhibit of photos, interactive social media, and artifacts from Turkey, highlighted by two faculty presentations, on Tuesday, April 5th, 5:30-6:45, and Wednesday, April 6th, 3:30-4:45. SLU faculty will discuss their experiences on a May 2015 study trip to Turkey sponsored by the Niagara Foundation. The group visited university faculty, women's groups, journalists, high school administrators, carpet weavers, and a number of families, as they traveled to Istanbul, Izmir, Ankara, and the Cappadocia region. Presentations will focus on topics such as history and politics, refugees, role of women in business and nonprofits, customs and hospitality.


Photo Gallery - Humans of St. Louis: The Stories Behind the Stories
April 3 - 9
SGA Commons, Busch Student Center
Sponsored by: Humans of St. Louis, Department of Political Science

Photo Display of "The people of St. Louis, One Story at a Time" by photographer Lindy Drew, co-founder of the photo blog, "Humans of St. Louis."


Monday, April 4

Digital Activism: Global and Local

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Busch Student Center 251AB
Sponsored by: Pi Sigma Alpha, Department of Political Science

Dr. Chryl Laird, Assistant Professor of Political Science and African American Studies, will be speaking about digital activism on both global and domestic levels, referencing local events like the Ferguson movements, and the larger scope of #blacklivesmatter.


Film - "Ferguson Documented: In 36 Hours"

2:15 - 2:30 p.m.
Busch Student Center 253D
Sponsored by: The Film Studies Program and Department of Political Science

On August 5, 2014, Michael Brown, an 18 year-old black teenager was killed by a white police officer in the town of Ferguson, Missouri. What appeared to be yet another police involved shooting of an unarmed black man proved to be something more. The outrage over the killing of Michael Brown served to mobilize not only residents of Ferguson's black community, but the incident sparked massive protests and public demonstrations in both large and small communities across the country. The events of Ferguson forced white, middle class America to confront issues of racism and policing in communities of color. The documentary explores these issues through a diverse collection of voices sharing their experiences. Directed by Carla Usher.

Film - "Township Lessons from the Cape of Good Hope"

2:30 - 3:15 p.m.
Busch Student Center 253D
Sponsored by: The Film Studies Program and Department of Political Science

This documentary tells the story of people living in the Cape Flats area outside of Cape Town, South Africa (referred to as informal settlements), 20 years after the end of Apartheid. How do township residents in slums cope with gang-related crime, unemployment, and poverty in a country still very much struggling with racism, underdevelopment, and inequality? Directed by Michael Fischer.

Non-Traditional Study Abroad: Round Table Discussion

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Busch Student Center 253C
Sponsored by: Department of Political Science

This round-table event will be hosted by students who participated in non-traditional study abroad programs. Students from the CASA programs and other service-learning programs will share their experiences of living in community in a foreign land, learning alongside native students, investigating diverse spiritualities, and walking with disadvantaged populations. Discussions will be cultivated to reflect on cultural immersion, social justice, service-learning, and accompaniment.

Immigration Reform 101: Discussing the History and Current Directions of this Hot Button Issue

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Busch Student Center 253D
Sponsored by: SLU's Student Delegation to the Ignatian Family Teach-in for Justice, Department of Political Science

The event will be hosted by a group of SLU students who attended the Ignatian Family Teach-in for Justice in November. This delegation of students can be referred to, unofficially, as the Billiken Action Network (BAN). The five students of the BAN to host the event will be Noelle Janak, Erik Solario, Cassie Houghton, Adele Schenk, and Lija Siliunas. They made up the BAN's immigration research team. The event will seek to inform, inspire, and incite action. We will share our story of how we informed ourselves on the immigration crisis, and what we learned. We will then inspire compassion and political awareness by explaining which bills have been proposed most recently. Then, we will have small group discussions exploring how those bills would contribute to social justice, and what would a just compromise on immigration reform look like. We will have questions guiding these small group discussions. Following that, we will summarize our conversations as a large group. Then, we will describe our experience advocating in D.C., and encourage the audience's participation in political activism. Everyone will be invited to identify their state representatives, and then to save their phone number. We will demonstrate how to call a congressional office in support of an issue and invite the audience to do the same.


Tuesday April 5th

Resettlement 101

10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Center for Global Citizenship, Seminar Room 124
Sponsored by: Center for Global Citizenship, Center for International Studies, Department of Political Science

This panel will feature Bosnian and Syrian refugees and those who assist with the resettlement process. They will discuss the resettlement process, debunk common myths, and talk about help that is needed today. There will brief presentations with Q & A.

The League of Faiths: An Introduction

11:00 - 11:45 a.m.
Busch Student Center 253A
Sponsored by: The League of Faiths, Department of Political Science

The League of Faiths is a NGO (Non-governmental organization) like no other. By bringing together the various religious groups of the world in an atmosphere of cooperation the League looks to ease many of the issues facing the world today. Along with the cooperative emphasis, the League looks to work with its members in order to facilitate aid, diplomacy, and humanitarian relief around the world. For more information, or to help realize the League's goals, visit www.leagueoffaiths.com

Mavuno: Grassroots Development Approaches to Ending Extreme Poverty

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Center for Global Citizenship, Seminar Room 124
Sponsored by: Mavuno, Department of Political Science, Center for International Studies

Join us for a panel discussion on this grassroots, community-centered approach to ending extreme poverty. The event will feature Mavuno, a nonprofit that empowers village leaders to end extreme poverty in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Mavuno believes the solution to this lies in the talent and creativity of the local communities and seeks to partner with them to co-create solutions from the inside out. The panelists will share stories from their own experiences, as well as successes and lessons learned since the launching of Mavuno. Free food! For more information, visit: mavunocongo.org

Speakers:
Dan Myatt, Mavuno, Co-Founder and CEO
Melissa Edmiston, Mavuno, VP of Operations
Dr. Emmanuel Uwalaka, Associate Professor of Political Science

Turkish Society and Politics: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (Session 1)

5:30 - 6:45 p.m.
Pius Library, 2nd Floor Gallery
Sponsored by: Department of Political Science, School of Social Work, Department of Women's and Gender Studies, Office of Admission

Exhibit of photos, interactive social media, and artifacts from Turkey, highlighted by two faculty presentations, on Tuesday, April 5th, 5:30-6:45, and Wednesday, April 6th, 3:30-4:45. SLU faculty will discuss their experiences on a May 2015 study trip to Turkey sponsored by the Niagara Foundation. The group visited university faculty, women's groups, journalists, high school administrators, carpet weavers, and a number of families, as they traveled to Istanbul, Izmir, Ankara, and the Cappadocia region. Presentations will focus on topics such as history and politics, refugees, role of women in business and nonprofits, customs, and hospitality.

Film - "Poto Mitan: Haitian Women and Pillars of the Global Economy"

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Busch Student Center 253B
Sponsored by: Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures and Department of Political Science

Told through the compelling lives of five courageous Haitian women workers, Poto Mitan gives the global economy a human face. Each woman's personal story explains neoliberal globalization, how it is gendered, and how it impacts Haiti. And while Poto Mitan offers in-depth understanding of Haiti, its focus on women's subjugation, worker exploitation, poverty, and resistance demonstrates these are global struggles. Finally, through their collective activism, these women demonstrate that despite monumental obstacles in a poor country like Haiti, collective action makes change possible. A short discussion led by Kimberly Webb will take place following the screening of the film.

Humans of St. Louis: The Stories Behind the Stories

7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Center for Global Citizenship Seminar Room 124
Sponsored by: Humans of St. Louis, Department of Political Science

Presenting "The People of St. Louis, One Story at a Time" by Lindy Drew, photographer, and co-founder of the photo blog, "Humans of St. Louis" (HOSTL). In an interactive presentation, Lindy will share HOSTL's beginnings, the impact that storytelling has made in creating social awareness and change through photography and narrative, and everyone's capacity to be "citizen journalists."

Wednesday, April 6

Putin's Russia

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Adorjan Hall, Room 142
Sponsored by: Department of Political Science, Russian and East European Area Studies Program, and Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures - Russian Division

Dr. Ellen Carnaghan, Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science, will examine how Vladimir Putin has strengthened authoritarian rule in Russia and challenges facing political opponents.

Judicial Reform in Morocco

2:00 - 2:45 p.m.
Busch Student Center 253B
Sponsored by: Department of Political Science, Middle East Studies Program

Since the Arab Uprisings in 2011, Morocco's King Mohammed VI has promised judicial reform in Morocco. Over the past five years, while some progress has been made, the promised reforms have not been enacted, and human rights violations continue to prevail in this kingdom of semi-authoritarian rule. Over the spring of 2015, SLU student Emma Sikora Paulus visited Morocco and researched judicial reform in the nation's capital city-Rabat. Her presentation is a collection of interviews and research on the judicial realities and proposed reforms in Morocco.

Diaspora and Identity: The Case of the Bosnians

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Center for Global Citizenship, Seminar Room 124
Sponsored by: Department of Political Science

This presentation provides an overview of Bosnian diaspora in St. Louis, Missouri. The specific focus is on the community's resettlement and cultural challenges, mental health, and ultimately identity.


Turkish Society and Politics

3:30 - 4:45 p.m.
Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (Session 2)
Pius Library, 2nd Floor Gallery
Sponsored by: Department of Political Science, Department of Social Work, Department of Women's and Gender Studies, and The Office of Admission

Exhibit of photos, interactive social media, and artifacts from Turkey, highlighted by two faculty presentations, on Tuesday, April 5th, 5:30-6:45, and Wednesday, April 6th, 3:30-4:45. SLU faculty will discuss their experiences on a May 2015 study trip to Turkey sponsored by the Niagara Foundation. The group visited university faculty, women's groups, journalists, high school administrators, carpet weavers, and a number of families, as they traveled to Istanbul, Izmir, Ankara, and the Cappadocia region. Presentations will focus on topics such as history and politics, refugees, role of women in business and nonprofits, customs and hospitality.


Exploring the Minority Perspective: Diversity in the Commuter Populace

5:00 - 5:45 p.m.
Busch Student Center 253D
Sponsored by: Commuter Student Association, FYE-Commuter Assistant Program, Department of Political Science

Researchers regularly treat commuter students as a homogenous group and largely ignore the significant within-group differences that characterize the population (Jacoby & Garland, 2004). Through a student lead forum, Saint Louis University leaders will address the challenges of being a commuter student, and how as a community, we can evolve beyond these barriers. Students who commute are more likely to be non-traditional age students, first-generation, and students of color. A variety of factors affect student involvement, efficacy, and attrition. Members of CSA will address social barriers, and speak about their personal journeys at SLU.

Liberation Theology in Guatemala

8:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Busch Student Center 253B
Sponsored by: Department of Political Science, Washington University - Lutheran Campus Ministry

A Lutheran Pastor and Washington University student who have both been to Guatemala in the past, and are knowledgeable about Liberation theology, talk about their experiences in Guatemala.


Thursday, April 7th

Coffee and Conversation with a Diplomat
9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
John Cook School of Business Room L27
Sponsored by: Boeing Institute of International Business, Department of Political Science, and Political Round Table

Join us for coffee and conversation with Robert Andrew, Foreign Service Officer and Diplomat in Residence for the US State Department. He will describe his work in the Foreign Service and share his experiences working in Costa Rica, Russia, Mexico, and most recently, Sweden. Mr. Andrew will also provide information about the Department of State Internship Program and guidance about careers in the Department of State.

Chasing Shadows: Palestinian Refugees, Past and Present
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Busch Student Center 253B
Sponsored by: Department of Political Science

Palestinians, like many other refugee populations, saw their expected short-term exile evolve into a fight for long-term survival away from their homeland. This presentation explains the Palestinian Diaspora in Jordan, along with personal experiences and stories from members of this group.

Friday, April 8th

Adapting to America: Through the Eyes of a Refugee

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Busch Student Center 253A
Sponsored by: Department of Political Science

Lara Fallon, Social Work Manager at the International Institute, will be speaking about the processes refugees go through in order to adapt to our culture and lifestyle. There is a systematic series of seminars, meetings, and meet-ups with counselors that helps them acclimate themselves to the US. Lara will outline how refugees feel, how they act, and some seemingly simple tasks they must learn how to do.