There are a lot of great events this week as groups try to squeeze in some programming before the crunch of finals and the holidays.  

But first, I have one quick request.  I’m working on a project to try to better publicize and connect the various progressive bloggers across St. Louis.  If you have a blog that covers political issues on either local, state, or national issues, could you send me a message with the URL of the blog along with a brief description of what the blog covers?   Ideally, we will be able to build an aggregator site that increases the traffic at blogs across the city in the near future.

This week’s events:

Monday, Dec. 1.  Dr. William Sullivan will be speaking at WashU on the impact of green spaces on human health and well-being.  The event is at noon in room 132 of Goldfarb Hall, and you can RSVP at this page.

Also Monday at WashU, the College Democrats, Republicans, and Libertatarians will be debating the economy at this month’s “Campus Crossfire.”  The event starts at 8 PM in the Friedman Lounge and you can RSVP here.

Also Monday and also at WashU, there will be a free screening of Juno at Eads 103 from 8 PM to 11 PM.  More info is at this link .

Every Monday, at the Community Arts and Media Project at 3026 Cherokee Street, the Interfaith Committee on Latin America hosts “Intercambio”, a program that puts English and Spanish speakers in touch with each other.  The event is at 7 PM and you can get more info  here.

Tuesday, Dec. 2. The Center for Survivors of Torture and War Trauma invites you to “An Evening of LOVE.”  Join the International Play Ground (IPG) as they present three scenes from their upcoming original production on the many faces of love as seen from the eyes of the most diverse teenage theatre ensemble in St. Louis. IPG is a performing arts group for refugee teens from countries such as Afghanistan, Haiti, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Nigeria, the United States, and Liberia.  The evening will also feature a performance by Playback Workshop Theatre, as well as a silent art auction.  It will be held at the Mildred E. Bastian Center for the Performing Arts at 5600 Oakland starting at 6 PM.

Wednesday, Dec. 3.  STAND at WashU has a really great lineup of speakers to discuss “Perspectives on Genocide Today.”  The event is at the new Danforth University Center, room 248.  Check out the full details at the facebook page.

Also Wednesday, Fontbonne University continues its amazing series on the Bosnian genocide with a talk from professor Smail ?eki? from the University of Sarajevo.  The event starts at at 7 PM and you can get more info  here.

Thursday, Dec. 4.  The St. Louis Indy Media Center and Confluence Magazine are hosting a meeting for, “writers, editors, photographers, humorists, reviewers, geeks, nerds, outsiders and rabble-rousers.”  It’s at 7:30 at CAMP, 3026 Cherokee, and you can get more info at the CAMP calendar.

Friday, Dec. 5.  Webster University’s LGBTQ Alliance is hosting the 2nd Annual World AIDS Day Concert.  Donations will benefit the St. Louis Effort for AIDS.  The event starts at 8 PM at the University Center, and you can get more info  here.

Also Friday, the St. Louis Actor’s studio is hosting Dr. Mark Vonnegut, Kurt Vonnegut’s son, to speak about his father’s life, art, and politics.  The event is at the Ethical Society of St. Louis, 9001 Clayton Avenue, starting at 8 PM, and you can get more info at the Sauce Magazine calendar.  Tickets are $15 and $10 for students.

Saturday, Dec. 6. St. Louis SpeaksOut banners once every month in protest of war, torture and all of the other hallmarks of the Bush administration.  The event is at 2 PM at the corner of Wells Dr. and Concourse Dr. in Forest Park.  More info is here.

Also Saturday, the Inter Faith Committee on Latin America hosts their annual dinner on the theme of “Living Beyond the End of the World: Being Part of a New Consciousness.”  The event is at the Friends Meeting House at 1001 Park Avenue from 4:30 to 7:30 and you can get more info at the IOW calendar.

Also Saturday  The 5th Annual ‘Working Class Media & Democracy’ forum will be held THIS Saturday, December 6th, at 7 p.m., at the Epiphany United Church of Christ, 2911 McNair. People’s Weekly World (www.pww.org) Labor Editor, John Wojcik, will keynote the event. Senator-Elect Robin Wright-Jones will facilitate discussion Q and A following the keynote. Finger foods and drinks will be provided.

Tickets are $15 at the door.

Have a fun and productive week.