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The House that Race(ism) Built: SLU's Annual Atlas Week Is April 12-16

by Maggie Rotermund on 04/09/2021
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The 21st Annual Sam and Marilyn Fox Atlas Week program will be held April 12-16. The theme for the 2021 Atlas Program is “The House that Race(ism) Built.” Events during this week will explore topics of race, race equity, and racial justice and its impact on global society. 

Rev. Nontombi Naomi Tutu

The Rev. Nontombi Naomi Tutu is the keynote speaker for the 21st Annual Sam and Marilyn Fox Atlas Week. Submitted photo.

The week will culminate Friday, April 16, with a keynote address from prominent race and gender justice activist, Rev. Nontombi Naomi Tutu. The Atlas Week Signature Symposium will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. Friday, April 16.

Rev. Tutu is the third child of Archbishop Desmond and Nomalizo Leah Tutu. She was born in South Africa and had the opportunity to live in many communities and countries. She was educated in Swaziland, the United States and England, and has divided her adult life between South Africa and the U.S.

Rev. Tutu’s professional experience ranges from being a development consultant in West Africa to being program coordinator for programs on race and gender and gender-based violence in education at the African Gender Institute at the University of Cape Town. In addition, Rev. Tutu has taught at the University of Hartford, University of Connecticut and Brevard College in North Carolina.

Atlas Week Events 

All events during Atlas Week will be held virtually, with the exception of Friday’s food truck rally. Zoom registration information for all events is available on the Atlas Week web page.

Monday, April 12

Tuesday, April 13

Wednesday, April 14

Thursday, April 15

Friday, April 16

About the Atlas Program
The Atlas Program launched in spring of 2001 as a way 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. 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.