Past Press Releases

Audio Archive Features Topics from Racial Identity to Women's Rights Globally

September 15, 2008

The Lunchtime Seminar Series at the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) offers residents and visitors to the Greater Boston area the opportunity to hear, in person, about work by WCW researchers and program staff. Recordings of some past lunchtime seminars are available online now on the page of the WCW website.

Recently archived selections from this past spring include:

Racial Identity Among European-American Adolescents: A Developmental Look at White Privilege by Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D. and Jennifer Grossman, Ph.D.. In this talk, Grossman and Charmaraman, then postdoctoral research fellows at WCW, discussed the importance of race for White adolescents and how it differs across school and class contexts.

Localizing Women's Human Rights in India, China, and the U.S. by Sally Engle Merry, Ph.D.. Merry, senior scholar at WCW, presented a paper that explores the process of translating human rights into the vernacular, arguing that as rights ideas travel and land, they do not stand alone but form assemblages of various kinds with other social movements. This comparative study showed how women's human rights join with existing social justice ideas in China, India, and the U.S. It is based on an ethnography of two women's NGOs in each country.

Gender-Based Legal Reform in China: The Transformative Potential of Human Rights Norms and Transnational Engagements by Rangita de Silva-de Alwis, J.D.. The senior advisor on international programs at WCW, de Silva-de Alwis examined recent revisions to the Women's Law in China through the lenses of new developments in gender-based lawmaking in Asia. She explored to what degree human rights norms and transnational connections have informed those legal transformations and how much of this is translated into actual practice.


Since 1974, the Wellesley Centers for Women has been a driving force—both behind the scenes and in the spotlight—promoting positive change for women, children, and families. Work at WCW addresses three major areas: the status of women and girls and the advancement of their human rights both in the United States and around the globe; the education, care, and development of children and youth; and the emotional wellbeing of families and individuals. Issues of diversity and equity are central across all the work as are the experiences and perspectives of women from a variety of backgrounds and cultures.

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