2015-16 Oak Events

Human Rights and Foreign Policy — Can America Make a Difference?
May 5 | 4 p.m. | Diamond 122
Tom Malinowski, assistant U.S. secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor; former lobbyist for Human Rights Watch
Can the U.S., reviled by many for its record on torture and drone attacks, really serve as a positive force for human rights around the world? Tom Malinowski thinks so. He is the lead official on this issue for the federal government, and used to be the chief lobbyist for Human Rights Watch in DC. He is coming to Colby on Thursday to explain why he is generally optimistic. Refreshments provided!

Movie Screening: Spotlight
April 17 | 8:30 p.m. | Lovejoy 100
Before Ben Bradlee, Jr. ’70 comes to speak on Monday the 18th, the Oak Institute for Human Rights will host a screening of “Spotlight,” this year’s Oscar-winning Best Picture. Bradlee, a best-selling author and former assistant managing editor of the Boston Globe, oversaw the courageous reporting that won the Globe 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.

Ben_BradleeSpotlight: 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.


This Ain’t Yo Mama’s Civil Rights Movement: Reflections on Race, Gender, Activism, and Faith
Feb. 9th | 7 pm | Lorimer Chapel
Rahiel Tesfamariam is a social activist, public theologian, writer and international speaker. She is the founder and publisher of Urban Cusp, a cutting-edge online lifestyle magazine highlighting progressive urban culture, faith, social change and global awareness. She is also a former columnist for The Washington Post.
Sponsored by the Gerrish Fund for spiritual enrichment, Office of Religious & Spiritual Life, the Pugh Center, Religious Studies, Education & Human Development, Computer Science, African-American Studies, the Gender and Sexual Diversity Program, the Bridge, the Feminist Alliance, Center for Arts and Humanities, SOBHU, the Goldfarb Center, the Pugh Community Board, and the Oak Center for Human Rights.


Growing Power and the Good Food Revolution
Will Allen, founder, Growing Power
Co-sponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities, Cultural Events Committee, and Environmental Studies Program
Oct. 14 | 7 p.m. | Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
Winner of a  MacArthur Genius Grant and listed in Time Magazine’s “100 World’s Most Influential People,” Will Allen shared his expertise in urban farming and its relationship to strong local communities. As a world-traveling ambassador for food security, Will seeks to train others through his not-for-profit Growing Power organization. With both words and images, Will documents his experiences from sharecropper roots through basketball fame, corporate life, and ultimately to an urban farm.

Puppet Making Workshop
Anna Sapershteyn & Jodi Koberinski
Co-sponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities and the Department of Theater and Dance
Oct. 19-23 | 1:30-4:30pm daily | Runnals Scene Shop
Planning Lunch: Oct. 19 | 11:30-1 p.m. | Roberts Private Dining Room
Oak hit the streets — with giant puppets — to promote our theme of food sovereignty this fall. Anna Sapershteyn, a puppet artist with Clay and Paper Theatre in Toronto, joined us to lead a workshop.

Owning Seeds, Accessing Food: Biodiversity, Food Sovereignty, and Food Security in a Changing World
Gloria Otieno, Bioversity International, Uganda
Cosponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities
Nov. 4 | 7 p.m. | Diamond 122
Charged with promoting the conservation and use of agro-biodiversity among small and large farmers, particularly in Uganda and Kenya, Gloria Otieno works as a PhD-holding academic as well as an on-the-ground practitioner. Otieno addressed food sovereignty, food justice, and food security from a human rights perspective as well as agro-biodiversity in a changing global context.