Oak Institute For the Study of International Human Rights

The Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights, established in 1998, annually brings to campus a prominent human rights practitioner. While in residence the Oak Human Rights Fellow teaches, pursues research, and works with the faculty to organize lectures and other events centered around his or her area of expertise. The 2008 Oak Human Rights Fellow is Afsan Chowdhury of Bangladesh, who will be in residence for the fall semester. Chowdhury has been director for advocacy and human rights at BRAC, the world’s largest non-governmental organization, based in Dhaka. He is a contributor and columnist for several periodicals in Bangladesh and has produced shows on poverty and human rights for the BBC. In addition to working on issues of repression by the military, poverty, and the rights of children, Chowdury is concerned with the impact of climate change on poor populations, such as the people of Bangladesh. For more information see www.colby.edu/oak.