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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.
An Evolving Tradition

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. 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.

Our Global Scholars
  • 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

Each scholar encourages and leads our students and faculty down lines of inquiry that inspire wonder, curiosity, intellectualism, activism, and creativity.

Sisonke Msimang - 2019 Global Scholar in Residence
Sisonke Msimang
2020 Global Scholar-in-Residence

Sisonke Msimang tells stories about justice and human rights. In the early part of her career, Msimang set up a fund fight for people whose health had been compromised by their race, class and gender identities. In 2008 she became the executive director of the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa, responsible for making grants on human rights projects. Msimang is now the head of programs at the Centre for Stories, a new initiative that collects, preserves and shares stories about migrants, refugees and diverse people and places linked to the Indian Ocean Rim. Msimang has been awarded a number of fellowships including from Yale University, the University of the Witwatersrand and the Aspen Institute. She also contributes regularly to the New York Times, Newsweek, the Guardian and a range of other outlets.

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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 #hiesgsr2020 and #hiesglobal.