Welcome to the Global Engagement Seminar Program

Launched in 2018, the Global Engagement Seminar Program is a capstone seminar which brings together students from across the six faculties and the affiliated colleges to develop greater awareness of contemporary global problems.

Students work in small, interdisciplinary groups to build collaborative and effective proposals for solving global problems ranging from international governance, violent conflict, food security, Indigenous rights, refugee settlement, homelessness, and youth engagement in social policy. Led by Jarislowsky Fellows – distinguished individuals with records of success either in or outside academia – and faculty members with research expertise in the contemporary challenge area, the program culminates each spring in a high-profile, public-facing Summit where the students showcase their projects and proposals.


For more information, please contact Rebecca Zehr, Global Engagement Program Coordinator.

  1. May 20, 2020GESP and adapting to COVID-19 crisis
    Edward Burtynsky lecture for GESP students

    The Global Engagement Seminar's ARTS 490, The Future of Nature, was among the 975 Faculty of Arts courses that had to pivot to online delivery in mid-March. The class was deep into preparing final team projects that would have been presented at the public Summit held at the Balsillie School in early April. Along with the Summit cancellation, there would also be no public keynotes by the GES mentors, renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky and prolific scholar and expert on socio-political activism Mike Davis.

  2. Nov. 27, 2019ARTS 490 still open for applications
    forest with large clear cut section

    Bring your intellectual curiosity and commitment to engage in interdisciplinary discussions about THE FUTURE OF NATURE. APPLY FOR ARTS 490 TODAYAs of November 25, 2019, we are accepting applications on a rolling basis until the class reaches its cap.

  3. Oct. 1, 2019Meet the first 2020 Jarislowsky Fellow!
    Edward Burtynsky with special camera equipment

    This year's first Fellow is EDWARD BURTYNSKY. He is regarded as one of the world's most accomplished contemporary photographers. His remarkable photographic depictions of global industrial landscapes are included in the collections of over sixty major museums around the world, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, the Tate Modern in London, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in California.

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  1. July 24, 2019Truth and Lies in AI
    Bias in the Black Box interactive exhibit

    We all know about “fake news.” Most of us think we can tell the difference. After all, we keep informed, or at least try to. But what are our sources of information? How reliable are they? If the internet is involved, you already know that a high dose of skepticism is necessary. So how can we know for sure that we’re getting the truth?

  2. July 9, 2019AI at Work
    AI Will You Work Exhibit

    “What does the future of work look like in a world of technological advancement?” 

  3. July 2, 2019Machine Learning Bias
    Explaining Bias with Music Exhibit

    Do you remember the excitement of looking through hundreds of records in a record store and finding the one hidden gem? Your favourite band or something new that you can’t wait to unwrap and listen to? Now we have Spotify. It’s cheap, convenient and provides an almost unlimited amount of music any time you have your phone on you. Which is obviously always. 

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