Each fall, the current Oak fellow teaches a one credit, non-graded seminar class on human rights. In the seminar, the Oak fellow teaches not only basic human rights concepts, but also shares personal background to give students a prominent example of human rights advocacy.
GS111 Course Description (Fall 2016): Offered by the Oak Institute for Human Rights at Colby, an examination of the intersection of the arts and human rights activism. How is artistic expression used to foster greater awareness of human rights violations? Is artistic expression itself a form of activism? How does censorship limit the power of art to promote human rights? What is the role of the internet? We will explore these and many other questions. Students will also consider critically their own responsibilities to engage in human rights activism.