The Global Perspectives Society aims to create on-campus opportunities for wide cross-sections of the Yale community to engage in events pertaining to global affairs. These events vary from dinner debates to trips to the United Nations headquarters in New York City.

Speaker Series

With its goal of facilitating discourse on all aspects of international affairs, YIRA and the GPS seek to bring in a wide variety of speakers each year. The talks feature experts in their respective fields and present students with a nuanced, unique perspective on pressing global issues. In the past, events have covered North Korean nuclear issues, political unrest in Venezuela, the humanitarian crisis in Yemen and much more. Additionally, YIRA is eager to partner with other organizations on campus to host speakers, having worked with the Yale Politic, the Yale Council on South Asian Studies and the University Chaplain’s Office. Upcoming events are circulated through the YIRA Newsletter and Facebook page.

Got an idea for a speaker? Fill out this form with suggestions you might have for individuals, organizations and issues you would like to see YIRA look into.


Issues in International Relations Workshop Series

In addition to providing opportunities to learn from experts in the field at the GPS Speaker Series, YIRA strives to create opportunities for students to directly engage with complex issues in the field of global affairs. The Issues in International Relations Workshop Series brings in mid-career professionals who have the opportunity to share their work and participate in a conversation with students. The series aims to be multidisciplinary and focuses on cutting edge research and topics with global relevance. Attendance at each workshop is capped to ensure participants have the chance to directly interact with the guest and a sign-up form is disseminated through the YIRA Newsletter and Facebook page one week before the scheduled event.

United Nations Trips

As an ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental, YIRA has been frequently holding trips to attend the United Nations summits. Gathering hundreds of other organizations around the world, these UN trips are the perfect chances to acquire a professional view of specific international issues, connect with leading experts and policy-makers, and perhaps voice your direct questions and thoughts to them. In the previous academic year, YIRA has attended the sessions by Commission for Social Development (CSocD57) and the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63). Trip participants for each UN summit are selected, and both YIRA members and non-members are welcome to apply.


Student Speaker Series

The Global Perspectives Society also seeks to elevate student voices on important issues through the Student Speaker Series. Launched in 2018, this initiative creates a forum for undergraduates to present to their peers about topics they are passionate about. The GPS team works together with each speaker to help them develop a presentation that is best suited to their audience. In the past, student speakers have led tours of Yale’s art galleries to discuss postcolonial artwork, run workshops on defending human rights in wartime and taught about the rising use of private military contractors. 

If you are an undergraduate interested in leading a Student Speaker Series event, please fill out the form here. The GPS team will be in touch shortly to help you organize your event!