Spring 2011 Events:

“Hang Them”: David Kato and the Struggle for LGBT Rights in Uganda”

Thursday, April 7, 6:30p.m. in Olin 001

David Kato was a Ugandan teacher and LGBT activist, considered a father of Uganda’s gay rights movement. Kato was beaten to death Jan. 26, 2011, shortly after winning a lawsuit against a magazine which had published his name and photograph identifying him as gay and calling for him to be executed. The news of his murder quickly made international headlines and subsequently hit particularly close to home at Colby, as he was an applicant for the 2011 Oak Fellowship for International Human Rights. The Oak Institute and the Bridge hosted a week of events in Kato’s honor, including a culminating keynote address by David Kato’s close friend and fellow LGBT activist Val Kalende.

Fall 2010 Events:

“Defending Human Rights in Zimbabwe,” Jestina Mukoko, 2010 Oak Fellow

Wednesday, December 8, 7:00pm in Ostrove Auditorium (Diamond Building)

Jestina Mukoko, the 2010 Oak Fellow, gave her farewell address to the Colby College and Waterville community. Ms. Mukoko is the National Director of the Zimbabwe Peace Project and a human rights defender from Zimbabwe.

“Criminal Justice: America’s Hall of Shame,” Dr. Stan Moody
Wednesday, November 17, 7:00 pm in LoveJoy 215

Dr. Stan Mood is a former chaplain of the Maine State Prison and a recent recipient of the Maine Civil Liberties Union’s Baldwin Award. He will lecture on incarceration and human rights in Maine.


Zimbabwe in Maine:

Saturday, October 16:

4:00 – 5:00pm in Diamond 122 – “Young and Restless in Zimbabwe: Colby Student Panel”

Four Colby students from Zimbabwe will discuss and answer question on life in Zimbabwe versus life on Mayflower Hill.

5:00 – 6:00pm in the Diamond Atrium – Zimbabwean Buffet Dinner

7:00 – 9:00pm in Pulver Pavillion of the Cotter Student Union – Concert by Chiwoniso

Chiwoniso is an accomplished song artist who plays a traditional Zimbabwean instrument, the mbira. She is known to speak out and sing aboug issues important to her, including those associated with human rights and social justice. According to her Myspace profile (check it out here), her “music gives voice to the voiceless and speaks to the problems and joys of the                                                                                            world around her.”


“Authoritarian Consolidation or Democratic Opening? The Dialectics of Zimbabwe’s ‘New’ Transition,” Tawanda Mutasah, International Director of Programs at the Open Society Institute

Wednesday, September 29, 2010: 7:00pm, LoveJoy 100

Tawanda Mutasah oversees the Open Society Institute’s international network of programs. He also formerly served as chair of the OSI Africa Advisory Board. He serves on a number of international and African boards, including as chair of the Institute for a Democratic Alternative for Zimbabwe (IDAZIM), and as a founding trustee of the Southern Africa Litigation Centre. In his native Zimbabwe, he was founding chair of the National Constitutional Assembly, a prodemocracy coalition of more than 200 national civic organizations. He also worked as national head of the ecumenical justice and peace body in the country. In the early 90′s, Tawanda served as vice president of the Zimbabwe National Students Union, during which time he suffered arrests and beatings at the hands of Mugabe’s brutal state, and was expelled from University for student political activism. A Harvard-trained international lawyer, Mutasah is a recipient of the International Bar Association’s International Rule of Law Award and several academic awards.