Deadline to Submit Atlas Events is Quickly Approaching
The theme for the 2011 Atlas Program is "Global Justice: Meeting Basic Human Needs."
This year's program seeks to highlight the first U.N. Millennium Development Goal, to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, and the seventh goal, to ensure environmental sustainability.
As such, the planning committee particularly welcomes events that focus on issues of food justice, water rights and sustainable development.
All faculty, staff and students are welcomed and encouraged 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.
The deadline for signing up to host an event is Friday, Feb. 18.
Friday, April 8, the Parade of Nations and the Billiken World Festival will be held. Both food and non-food booths will be available for departments and student groups who want to participate.
The deadline to reserve a booth is Friday, Feb. 25.
If you are interested in planning an Atlas Week event or reserving a booth at the Billiken World Festival, the forms are available on the Atlas website.
If you have any questions, contact Michelle Lorenzini at firstname.lastname@example.org or 314-977-3243.
Irene Khan to Deliver Atlas Keynote Address
|Irene Kahn. Submitted photo|
The Atlas planning committee has announced that Irene Khan, former secretary general of Amnesty International, will deliver the Sam and Marilyn Fox Atlas Week Program keynote address at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 7, in Wool Ballroom at Busch Student Center.
As the first woman, the first Asian and the first Muslim to guide the world's largest human rights organization, Khan brought a new perspective to Amnesty International by broadening its work to include not only political and civil rights, but also economic, social and cultural rights.
In her recent book, The Unheard Truth: Poverty and Human Rights, she argues that poverty is an abuse of human rights and an affront to human dignity. As she argues, "the struggle to end poverty is not only a struggle to increase material assets, but is a struggle for freedom, justice and dignity. That is why invoking human rights gives us the best hope of winning."
Click here to read Irene Kahn's biography.
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.