Dr. Peggy Rivage-Seul
Marguerite (Peggy) Rivage-Seul is a Professor of Women’s Studies, Coordinator for the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, and Director of the Women in Public Service Project at Berea College. She is a global citizen whose research and teaching encompasses countries throughout Latin America, Africa, and Asia.
As Director of Women’s and Gender Studies, Peggy has designed faculty and student travel seminars for the study of feminism in Nicaragua, Cuba, India and most recently, Mexico where she also engaged in the study of food sovereignty among indigenous communities of Oaxaca and Chiapas.
In addition to teaching, Peggy spent three years as Director of the Summer Intern Program at the Center for Global Justice in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. This program brought students from Cuba, Mexico and the USA together to study the economic development of Mexico. She is a research associate of the Department of Ecumenical Investigations (DEI) in San Jose, Cost Rica, where she has studied with economist Franz Hinkelammert over the past twenty years. During her doctoral studies, Peggy was a visiting fellow at Paulo Freire’s Research Center in Sao Paulo, Brazil where she also participated in literacy training in the favelas of Sao Paulo.
Dr. Rivage-Seul’s current research is focused on the contribution of traditional vegetarian cooking to the subject of world hunger. To date, she has conducted research in Costa Rica, Cuba, Mexico, South Africa, and India. Her research on traditional recipes will be published in a larger volume (Take Back the Kitchen: A New Agenda for Feminism’s Fourth Wave) that proposes a new feminist movement to take back the kitchen from the globalized fast food industry.
Peggy is a recipient of the Senior Fulbright Fellowships in Zimbabwe (1998) and Southern India (2013). In Zimbabwe, she offered graduate seminars on the Philosophy of Paulo Freire, and worked with the grassroots intellectual community, Africa Community Development Trust. In India, Peggy will offer workshops on Gender and Development at Visthar Conference and Retreat Centre in Bangalore, and serve as a senior lecturer and program consultant for the Women’s Studies Program at Mysore University.
Dr. Rangita de Silva de Alwis
Dr. Rangita de Silva de Alwis directs the Women in Public Service Project launched by Secretary Hillary Clinton and is now institutionalized at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, located in Washington, D.C. The WPSP at the Wilson Center has now grown to include countries and universities around the world and is recognized today as the premier platform for women in public service globally. Prior to her position at the Wilson Center, she was the Director of International Human Rights Policy at the Wellesley Centers for Women and Faculty at the Madeleine Albright Institute for Global Affairs at Wellesley College. Rangita was also the inaugural Susan McGee Bailey Scholar at the Wellesley Centers for Women. She was a Fulbright Specialist at the Asian University for Women in the summer of 2012.
Rangita has worked globally with a vast network of over 70 academic institutions and government entities to develop innovative human rights initiatives around the world. She leads the Women’s Leadership Network in Muslim Communities at the Wellesley Centers for Women. She helped convene the Asia Cause Lawyer Network in India and the Women’s Watch-China. She has worked in partnership with China’s leading women’s rights advocates on new developments in gender and law reform in China for over 10 years. Rangita has testified twice before the Congressional Executive Commission on China on the status of women’s rights in China. She also advised UNICEF, UNFPA, UNDP, and the U.N. Secretariat on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on state accountability under the relevant treaties and the intersections of the different treaties. She has published with the United Nations and World Bank and developed a Gender Supplement to the U.N. Secretary General’s Guidelines on Disability. Rangita is a Gender Advisor to Vietnam’s Ministry of Justice and National Assembly. She has published with the United Nations (Child Marriage and the Law; Girl Child Labour; The Status of the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and Legislative Compliance in Eastern Europe and Central Asia; and the Intersections of the CEDAW and the Convention on the Rights of the child) and in law journals including: Yale Journal of Law and Feminism; Texas Journal of Gender and the Law; University of Pennsylvania East Asia Law Journal; Duke Journal of Gender and the Law; UCLA Pacific Rim Journal; UCLA Journal of International law and Foreign Policy, University of Washington’s Pacific Rim Law and Policy Journal; and Michigan State Journal of International Law. Rangita has created a curriculum and materials for the Asian University for Women’s course on Women Leading Change in Asia. Rangita has a Doctorate in Law (S.J.D.) from Harvard Law School and was a Teaching Fellow with the European Law Research Institute at Harvard Law School and a Research Fellow with the Women and Public Policy program at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. She served on the Advisory Group brought together by UNIFEM and UNDP to develop United Nations Evaluation Guidelines and on the Advisory Board of the Women’s Democracy Network, IRI.