What is the Global Seminar Series?

Launched in May 2020, the objective of the Miss Porter’s School Global Seminar Series is to provide an opportunity for high school girls globally to connect, learn, and collaborate as they address pressing global issues that are relevant to their own lives. Students are given the opportunity to become informed and empowered to take action by exploring one global issue through an interdisciplinary lens, interacting with experts in various professions, and participating in collaborative group projects. In each Global Seminar Series, there are four, virtual seminars that meet one time per week for four weeks and include 1-2 hours of asynchronous work between sessions. Each live session is interactive and includes at least one expert in the field. The last session provides students an opportunity to participate in a virtual hackathon in which students will work in groups to generate ideas and find solutions to some of the problems that they have identified during the four-week Seminar. At the end of the session, each student group will pitch their ideas to a group of panelists and receive feedback on how to make their ideas a reality!

Video Highlight from Previous GSS Session (#1)

GSS sessions

GSS — The Global Spread of Political Polarization: The Hidden Pandemic | Fall 2021

WELCOME to the Global Seminar Series #5The Global Spread of Political Polarization: The Hidden Pandemic | Fall 2021 Live Zoom Sessions: October 16th, October 23rd, and November 6th Time: 9:00 - 11:00 am EST Do you ever wonder why our world seems so divided? Do you want to learn why political polarization is one of [...]

GSS — Social Media 360 | Winter 2021

WELCOME to the Global Seminar Series #3Social Media 360: The Unsung Hero or the Insidious Villain? Why is Tik Tok so addictive? Do you want to explore the evolution and explosion of social media? Are you curious about its impact on society, in your country, and around the world? More importantly, do you wonder what [...]

GSS – Global Democracy | Fall 2020

WELCOME to the Global Seminar Series #2:The State of Democracy and the Global Impact of the U.S. Presidential Election WHAT IS HOW TO JOIN DEMOCRACY? THE STATUS? THE US ELECTION? THE IMPACT? What is this Event? Do you want to learn about the state of democracy worldwide and the effect it is having on girls’ [...]

GSS – Pandemic: A Call to Action | Spring 2020

WELCOME to Global Seminar Series #1:Pandemic: A Call to Action "The world is facing an unprecedented test. And this is the moment of truth…. It is a call to action….We must see countries not only united to beat the virus but also to tackle its profound consequences." --- António Guterres, 9th Secretary-General of the United [...]

Welcome to the Global Seminar Series #4

Sharing Our Global Stories: Making the Invisible Visible

Have you ever wondered what it really means to be a global citizen, especially as a young woman? Join us on a journey of connection and self-discovery as we explore the intersections of citizenship, culture, activism and empowerment in a global community of high school girls.

You will learn about each other’s unique stories and then dig deep into your own, asking – Who am I? Where do I come from? How does this inform my perspective? How does my culture and identity inform others’ perspectives about me? How do I view my role as a woman in this world community?

In this student-centered series, you will gain the skills needed to:

  • unite with other girls, find allies, and share who you are;
  • research and build consensus around a pressing issue relevant to you;
  • communicate effectively across differences;
  • and turn your story into an action plan.


Live Sessions via Zoom on Saturdays:

May 1: 9:00 to 11:00am EST
May 15: 9:00 to 11:00am EST
May 22: 9:00 to 11:00am EST

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