Wednesday, September 17
Combating Homophobia: The struggle against Uganda’s anti-gay law
2014 Oak Human Rights Fellow Clare Byarugaba
7 p.m. | Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
Once known as the Pearl of Africa, Uganda gained international notoriety in 2009 when its Parliament took up a “kill the gays” bill. Homophobia there is not just violent; it now is institutionalized. What caused this harsh attack on a relatively small minority in Uganda? And what are activists doing to defend or liberate the LGBT community in the face of overwhelming odds? Clare Byarugaba, our 2014 Oak Fellow, will address these questions.


Wednesday, October 15
God Loves Uganda Film Screening with Introduction by the Director
7 p.m. | Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
Please join the Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights as we welcome Oscar-winning filmmaker Roger Ross Williams for a screening of his latest documentary film. The New York Times calls it “a searing look at the role of American evangelical missionaries in the persecution of gay Africans.”


Wednesday, November 5
Sister Outsider Poets: Deliberate and Unafraid
Workshop | 4 p.m. | Diamond Building, Room 145
Performance | 7:30 p.m. | Page Commons

Dominique Christina and Denice Frohman make up this heralded slam poetry duo. They use spoken word to tell deeply personal stories about race, gender and sexuality, about being an “other.”  Their work focuses on Latin@, black, and multicultural identities, homophobia, surviving sexual assault,  reclaiming women’s bodies, immigration, language, educational inequalities, coming of age, and more. They write their “otherness” into the center and encourage others, particularly those in marginalized communities, to do the same. Please RSVP to Amanda Cooley at akitchen@colby.edu for the workshop, as space is limited.