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 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.
Upcoming Featured Event:
Spotlight: Boston Journalists and Hollywood Filmmakers on Sex Abuse in the Catholic Church
Ben Bradlee, Jr. ‘70
Best-selling author and former assistant managing editor, Boston Globe
April 18th | 7 pm | Lorimer Chapel
The Boston Globe won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for revealing that scores of priests had sexually abused hundreds of victims in the local Archdiocese — and that the Church had systematically covered up these crimes. Now the producers of “Spotlight,” a film about the Globe’s investigation, have won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Ben Bradlee, Jr. ‘70 was the editor who oversaw this courageous reporting, and he plays a central role in the Oscar-winning film. Bradlee will talk to us about journalism, Hollywood, and sexual abuse.
2015 Human Rights Fellow: Jodi Koberinski
The Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights at Colby College is pleased to announce the selection of Jodi Koberinski of Canada as our 2015 Oak fellow. Learn more >