Global Education

Global Scholar in Residence


The mission of the Global Scholar in Residence (GSR) is to create opportunities to develop a global mindset among HIES students and faculty. Through classroom study, field trips, hands-on activities, and other unique learning experiences, students learn about important global issues brought to light by a noted artist, scientist, academic, activist or other practitioner. Working with HIES academic leadership, the GSR develops interdisciplinary, cross-divisional programming around a unifying theme related to the scholar’s area of expertise. An evening event with the scholar extends the conversation to the broader community. The week-long residency takes place in the spring semester each year.


A tradition that originated in our Program for Global Citizenship (PGC), the Global Scholar in Residence (GSR) has grown to become a signature piece of programming that unifies all four divisions at HIES around a common theme.

Each year, we invite an individual with excellence in his or her field who shares our passion for educating children on issues and topics of global significance. Each scholar encourages and leads our students and faculty down lines of inquiry that inspire wonder, curiosity, intellectualism, activism, and creativity.

The scholar connects with interested faculty and administrators in each division in the fall semester. Throughout the year, he or she supports our faculty in the creation of curricular and extracurricular learning objectives and experiential learning opportunities that students engage in before, during, and after the week-long residency in the spring semester.

Additionally, we partner with local institutions to host community events related to the scholar’s areas of expertise, such as 2018’s moderated panel discussion at the Carlos Museum: Who Tells the Story: The Ethics of Archaeology, Curatorship, & Indigenous Voices, which featured both our 2018 and 2017 global scholars as well as Emory’s Dr. Rebecca Stone.


  • Valarie Kaur (2016): Interfaith dialogue, revolutionary love, and community-building through digital storytelling
  • Cannupa Hanska Luger (2017): Art for social transformation, indigenous voices, and environmental justice
  • Dr. Marc Kissell (2018): What does it mean to be human?
  • Dr. Amanda Hendrix (2019): Mission Explorer: Heading to Titan


You can follow news and updates about the GSR and other HIES Global happenings on our Facebook Page (@hiesglobal) and on Twitter and Instagram (@hiespgc) using the hashtags #hiesgsr2019 and #hiesglobal.
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Holy Innocents’ is the largest Episcopal parish day school in the United States, a fully accredited, college-preparatory day school for 3-year-olds through 12th-grade boys and girls.