Global Peace, Global Justice

ATLAS Week 2005:
     Friday, April 1 - April 8, 2005


Friday 4/1
Saturday 4/2
Monday 4/4
Tuesday 4/5
Wednesday 4/6
Thursday 4/7
Friday 4/8
Open Language Classes

Ongoing Events

Pius XII Memorial Library - Atlas Week Display on
Oscar Arias

Come learn more about Dr. Oscar Arias Sanchez who will be the Keynote Speaker for the Atlas Week Signature Symposium! Dr. Arias is the former President of Costa Rica and Recipient of the 1987 Nobel Peace Prize.

Location: Pius XII Memorial Library, Lobby

Sponsored by the
Pius XII Memorial Library

Health Sciences Center Library Display 

“International Humanitarian Medical Aid:  Bringing Healing to a World Torn by Conflict”

“To a world torn by conflict, ATLAS Week brings the hope of Global Peace and Justice”.  With 45 million refugees and displaced persons in today’s world, the call to global justice and peace is a call to serve the needs of the world’s most vulnerable and overlooked populations.  SLU faculty researcher and clinician, Sharon Frey, M.D., is a living example of the ideals of ATLAS Week.  For more than ten years, Dr. Frey has worked as a volunteer in the world’s most dangerous places to bring healing to those in need.  For this reason, the Health Sciences Center Library will make a display exhibit featuring Dr. Frey.

Location: Learning Resources Center, Health Sciences Center Library

Sponsored by the Health Sciences Center Library

Pius XII Memorial Library Exhibit:
Walter J. Ong, S.J.

This display celebrates the legacy of Walter J. Ong, S.J., and will be on display in the library the entire month of April.

Location: Pius XII Memorial Library, Level 3, Saint Louis Room

Sponsored by the
Pius XII Memorial Library

The Atlas Week Program is a week-long program designed to highlight the international dimension of Saint Louis University and to celebrate its role in international education and service in light of our Jesuit tradition.  The name Atlas was selected to reflect the ways in which travelers, leaders, and historians over time have used the atlas as a tool for discerning where they have been, discovering where they are, and deciding where they are headed. As such, one of the main goals of the ATLAS Program is to increase the awareness of our University community to the global issues that confront us today in an effort to promote discussion and stimulate action.

Saint Louis University is pleased to announce that Dr. Oscar Arias Sánchez, former President of Costa Rica and 1987 Nobel Peace Prize Winner, will be the Keynote Speaker for the Atlas Week Signature Symposium to be held Thursday, April 7 at 5:00 p.m. in the BSC Multipurpose Room.

Dr. Oscar Arias Sánchez

In 1986, Dr. Arias was elected President of Costa Rica at a time of great regional turmoil.  Costa Rica’s neighbors were embroiled in civil wars and armed conflict, and in the midst of the Cold War, the interference of the two superpowers threatened to draw Costa Rica into the growing conflict. In 1987, President Arias drafted a peace plan to end the regional crisis.  His initiative culminated in the signing of the Esquipulas II Accords by all five Central American Presidents.  For his efforts, he earned the 1987 Nobel Peace Prize. 

Dr. Arias has continued to champion issues of human development, democracy, and demilitarization.  He travels the globe spreading a message of peace and applying the lessons garnered from the Central American Peace Process to topics of current global debate.  Dr. Arias used the monetary award from the Nobel Peace Prize to establish the Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress.

The theme for the Fifth Annual Atlas Week Program is “Global Peace, Global Justice”.  To a world torn by conflict and groaning under oppression, Atlas Week brings the hope of Global Peace and Justice.  On the Saint Louis University campus, in our local community, and around the world, students, faculty, and staff from many nations and a full range of disciplines are striving, as the University mission statement puts it, “to transform the world in the spirit of the Gospels”.  Atlas Week 2005 is a witness to the many ways the University is using its talents to achieve this lofty, but attainable goal.

For more information on Atlas Week events, please contact Michelle Lorenzini at (314) 977-3243 or


All Atlas events are free and open to the public.

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