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AAG Atlas Award

The Atlas Award is designed to recognize and celebrate outstanding accomplishments that advance world understanding in exceptional ways. The image of Atlas bearing the weight of the world on his shoulders is a powerful metaphor for this award program, as our nominees are those who have taken the weight of the world on their shoulders and moved it forward, whether in science, politics, scholarship, the arts, or in war and peace.

In 2019, Dr. Carla Hayden was presented with the fifth Atlas Award during the Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. 

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In 2017, Professor Noam Chomsky was presented with the fourth Atlas Award during the Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Julian BondIn 2016, Dr. Julian Bond was presented with the third Atlas Award during the Annual Meeting in Tampa, Florida.

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In 2014, Dr. Mary Robinson was presented with the second AAG Atlas Award during the Annual Meeting in New York, New York.

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In 2012, Jane Goodall was presented with the inaugural AAG Atlas Award during the Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

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