The 2009 Sam and Marilyn Fox Atlas Week Program was held the week of March 30 - April 6, 2009. The theme for the program was "Voices Around the Globe: Words of Inspiration, Hope, Change, Resistance, and Transformation". There were more than 70 events planned for the week. To find out more about these events, please click here.
The Atlas program recognizes the international dimension of Saint Louis University's academic programs and celebrates SLU's role in international education and service in light of our Jesuit tradition. The primary goal 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 Keynote Speaker for the 2009 Signature Symposium was Emmanuel Jal. Once a child soldier on the front lines of combat in war-torn Sudan, Emmanuel Jal has been hailed as the "rising star of African hip hop." Emmanuel Jal has won worldwide acclaim for his unique style of hip hop with its message of peace and reconciliation born out of his own experience as a child soldier. Jal has quickly become an international icon representing social justice and human rights.
The Signature Symposium, "From a Child of War to a Voice for Pece", was held on Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at 5:30 p.m. in the Wool Grand Ballroom, Bush Student Center. Prior to the Symposium, there was a book signing with Emmanual Jal from 4:00 - 5:00 for his book, War Child: A Child Soldier's Story.
On Friday, April 3rd, 2009, the Billiken World Festival was held. The Parade of Nations kicked off the event, which also featured live cultural music and dance, academic and student informational booths, and international cuisine.