Emily Hong is a Seoul-born and New York-raised feminist anthropologist and filmmaker. A graduate of Columbia University and PhD Candidate at Cornell University, Emily’s research and professional expertise lies at the intersection of legal anthropology, media practice, and economic, social, and cultural rights. Prior to Cornell, Emily worked for international and community-based human rights organizations in Southeast Asia as a researcher, campaigner, and trainer. Within economic, social, and cultural rights, her work has often focused on minority and indigenous rights, business and human rights, labor, and land rights. Emily has directed several collaborative films including Get By (2013), Nobel Nok Dah (2015), and For My Art (2016), which have explored issues of solidarity and labor, questions of womanhood and identity in the refugee experience, and the gendered spectatorship of performance art. An active facilitator and trainer, Emily has ten years of experience conducting workshops for activists and social movement organizations on cultural resistance tactics, consensus-building, and movement-building.
Maggie Lemere is a storyteller and oral historian whose projects focus on social and environmental issues. She has worked across the U.S., Africa, Asia, and Latin America as a filmmaker, oral historian, refugee advocate and human rights and storytelling trainer. She is the editor of Nowhere to Be Home: Narratives from Burma's Military Regime with fellow Rhiza member Zoë West (McSweeney's and Voice of Witness, 2011; NDSP Books, 2016), the co-founder of Wild Women: Stories from Women at the Forefront of Wildlife Conservation, and a video storyteller and a leader of “Storytelling for Changemakers” with Ashoka: Innovators for the Public. Her film with GoodFight Media, Everyone a Changemaker: The Story of Pinelands North, won the Rockefeller Foundation's international Storytelling Challenge award in 2015. Maggie is passionate about expanding representation and voice in film, and about high-quality and high-impact collaborative filmmaking projects. She received her graduate certificate in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University.
Arianna Schindle is an educator, organizer, and healer whose projects focus on building the capacities for resilience and resistance of communities and social movements. Arianna has worked in a variety of settings across the U.S., Asia, and Central America ranging from urban public schools, mental health clinics, nonprofit organizations, worker’s centers and labor unions, to private and public foundations. Arianna has more than 10 years of experience as a facilitator conducting workshops on the trauma of oppression, community organizing, and creative campaigning. She has spent many years consulting and supporting non-profits to develop integrative leadership development and peer support models, as well as addressing how systemic power impacts their values and purpose. As a healer, she has worked with individuals and communities struggling from the impacts of interpersonal and structural violence, displacement, and racial injustice. Arianna works on liberation from the inside out - building grassroots leaders, creating democratic organizational structures, developing transformative pedagogy, and fostering connections across organizations and movements. Arianna received her graduate certificates in urban public health and clinical social work at Hunter College.
Zoë West is a researcher and oral historian whose work centers on labor organizing, migration, refugee issues, and human rights. Currently finishing up a PhD in social anthropology at the University of Oxford, she researches the promises and challenges of alternative labor organizing models. Zoë positions herself at the intersection of grassroots and academic work, rooted in the commitment to helping social movements use research and documentation to fuel and strengthen their work. In this vein, she has worked not only in engaged research but also in oral history, teaching and training, organizing, and corporate strategic research. The broad focus of her academic and oral history work has been situating the lived experience of people facing oppressive systems within broader historical, social, political, and legal contexts. Prior to her graduate studies, Zoë co-edited and compiled (with fellow Rhiza member Maggie Lemere) the oral history collection Nowhere to Be Home: Narratives from Survivors of Burma’s Military Regime (McSweeney’s/Voice of Witness, 2011; NDSP Books, 2016), which was recently published in Burmese.
Our website features the photography of Jeannie Holden, Emily Hong, Maggie Lemere, and Mariangela Mihai.