Fall Semester

“Streets of Pain and Valleys of Sorrow for Young Girls: Restoring Social Fabric in KwaZulu-Natal”
Zandile Nhlengetwa
September 19, 2012
How should human rights advocates intervene in addressing gender-based violence in societies that discourage girls’ education as threatening to traditional norms? In this talk, Oak Human Rights Fellow, Zandile Nhlengetwa, will discuss her work with both survivors and perpetrators of this violence in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa, and the holistic and multi-level approach to challenging some of the Zulu traditions that contribute to this problem.

“Women as Victims and Peacemakers in the War in Eastern Congo”
Sylvie Maunga Mbanda
October 25, 2012
Sylvie Maunga Mbanga, a lawyer and human rights activist in Democratic Republic of the Congo will be showing her documentary, “The Anguish of War and Women’s Effort in Peace Construction in the Democratic Republic of Congo,” to be followed by a discussion of her work in combating sexual violence and encouraging inter-ethnic dialogue and peace-building.

This event is co-sponsored by the Colby African Society as part of its Africa Week programming and by STAND.

Voices of Young South Africans: Freedom in a Post-Transitional Democracy, Douglas Foster, Northwestern School of Journalism
November 1, 2012
Douglas Foster, will discuss his recent book, After Mandela: The Struggle for Freedom in Post-Apartheid South Africa(Liveright, 2012), focusing on the role of youth in a society in which 40% of the population is under 18 years of age. In an exercise in “immersive journalism,” the writer Douglas Foster interviewed hundreds of young people all over the country, and looked over their shoulders as they went about their daily lives, searching for answer to the question: What are these “born free” South Africans likely to do with the freedom won in their names.

Saving the World 101: What You Should Know When Pursuing a Life of Service
Solome Lemma
November 8, 2012
Solome Lemma is a philanthropist, activist, and organizer. She is currently a grantmaking program advisor at The Global Fund for Children (GFC). For over five years, she served as GFC’s Senior Program Officer for Africa, managing a large portfolio that included work with over 100 grassroots organizations in about 25 countries. Solome is also co-founder and coordinator of HornLight, an online platform that promotes diverse, nuanced, and dignified narratives on the Horn of Africa. She currently spends most of her time working to establish Africans in the Diaspora (AiD), a new organization that aims to unleash the philanthropic and intellectual capital of the Diaspora to advance sustainable development in Africa. In the past, Solome has worked with the UN Development Programme in Ethiopia, Human Rights Watch in New York City, and International Rescue Committee in Liberia.

This event is co-sponsored with the Global Studies program.

“Between Obligation and Right: Gender and Generational Difference in Post-Apartheid South Africa”
Zolani Ngwane, Department of Anthropology, Haverford College
November 13, 2012
This talk will examine the complex social intersections between cultural rights and individual rights in post-Apartheid South Africa, using intergenerational relations between elders and youth as a primary focus. The lecture will look at the ways in which, by making provision for both individual rights and cultural rights, the 1996 Constitution of post-Apartheid South Africa left women and children in particular squarely in both categories. This resulted in several complex cultural orientations to rights, meaning for example that women could only argue themselves out of one category at the expense of young people and vice versa.Professor Ngwane has conducted research on issues of education and political subjectivity in South Africa; generational politics between younger and older men; and HIV/AIDS prevention among South African youth. His Web site at Haverford College includes a more detailed discussion of his research interests: http://www.haverford.edu/anthropology/faculty/ngwane.php.

“Transforming Societies After Political Violence: Reflections on Truth, Reconciliation, and Healing in South Africa and Northern Ireland”
Dr. Brandon Hamber, Director of the International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE), University of Ulster
November 28, 2012
Using personal experience from engagement with victims and survivors during the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa, and peacebuilding work in Northern Ireland, the lecture will delve into the complex interplay between individual psychological processes and macro-political interventions such as truth commissions. Specifically the lecture will explore issues such as reparations, “doing justice”, the power of ambivalence, and concepts such as closure, trauma and reconciliation setting out the role of transitional justice, human rights and mental health practitioners in helping survivors move beyond the toxic past without covering it up or becoming mired in it.

Spring Semester

“Game On”
April 3rd, 2012
Screening of Colby Alum  Tarini Manchanda ’09 short ten minute documentary titled “Game On,” which focused on displacement during last year’s Common Wealth Games in India.

Internal Displacement Workshop
April 4th, 2012
Internal Displacement workshop facilitated by the organization Dumela, which was founded by Escar Kusema a Colby Alum.

Ralph Bunche Symposium Address
April 28th, 2012
2012 Ralph Bunche Symposium keynote address by Jose Antonio Vargas, Filipino-American Pulitzer-prise winning journalist who announced his status as an “undocumented immigrant” in 2011. This event was co-sponsored by the Ralph Bunche Society, Ralph Bunche Scholars, Oak Institute, PCB, and the Pugh Center.

Listen to an audio recording of Jose Antonio Vargas’s talk (Colby login access required).

March 2012 : Immigrant Rights Month

Immigrant Rights Lunchtime Series featuring Colby Professors:

Lunch Talk with 
Professor Karin Friederic and Brian Burke
March 9th, 2012

Lunch talk with Professor Nikky Singh
March 14th, 2012


Lunch Talk with Professor Saul Sandoval
March 28th, 2012

Immigrant Right Panels Featuring Activists and Students: “Stories Across Borders”
March 14th, 2012
In an open mic style, Colby students share their stories and experiences as immigrants or with immigration rights.

Immigrant Rights Activism in Maine: From the Voices of the Activists
March 29th, 2012
A panel of three local Maine activists from immigrant or Diaspora groups across the world will speak about activism and mobilization around immigrant rights within Maine.  The activists include Ms. Blanca Santiago, the Former Director of the Centro Latino in Maine; Mr. Ben Chin, the Public Engagement Director at the Maine people’s Alliance; and Mr. Dominic Suru, the Executive Director of the Sudanese Development Institute in Maine.   The panel will be moderated by Professor Catherine Besteman of the Anthropology Department.