The Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights

 

About the Oak Fellowship

The Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights was established in 1998 by a generous grant from the Oak Foundation. Each year, it hosts an Oak Human Rights Fellow to teach and conduct research while residing at the College. The Institute organizes lectures and other events centered around the fellow’s area of expertise.

The application deadline for the 2017 Oak Human Rights Fellowship for Filmmakers and Photographers has passed. Please email us with questions or click here for information and a decision timeline.


The Oak Institute’s Position on President Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration

The Oak Institute strongly opposes President Trump’s executive order barring certain Muslims from the U.S. To highlight the impact of this order: Our 2016 Oak Fellow, Khalid Albaih, a Sudanese national, would not have been able to come to Maine in the fall, as he did, and share his invaluable insights about art and human rights. We are appalled that the U.S. government would try to discriminate against individuals like Khalid on the basis of their religion and nationality.


Oak Institute Mission Statement

The Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights champions the struggles for dignity, freedom, and justice for people throughout the world. It provides the opportunity for a front-line human rights activist operating in difficult or dangerous circumstances to come to Colby College every fall for respite and reflection. Oak strives to educate the campus and extended community about the work being done by our Fellow.  It also encourages members of the community, especially students, to participate in research, internships, and activism on behalf of human rights.


Khartoon exhibition by artist Khalid Albaih at The Edge of Arabia space, London.2016 Human Rights Fellow: Khalid Albaih

The Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights at Colby College is pleased to announce the selection of Khalid Albaih from Sudan as our 2016 Oak fellow. Learn more >>>