Oak Institute for Human Rights


2017 Human Rights Fellow: Jinyan Zeng

The Oak Institute for Human Rights at Colby College is pleased to announce the selection of Jinyan Zeng from China as our 2017 Oak fellow. Learn more >>>

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About the Oak Fellowship

The Oak Institute for Human Rights was established in 1997 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.

Oak Institute Mission Statement

The Oak Institute for 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.