Recently selected as the 2015 Oak Fellow at Colby’s Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights, Jodi Koberinski is an internationally known organic-farming activist, critic of monoculture and pesticide use, and leader in the global food-sovereignty movement.

“There are untouchable conversations,” Koberinski said, “like the assumption that the economy is the way that it is and nothing can be done about it, and the base assumptions that permit monoculture in food production and the abuse of the public commons generally.” She wants not only to engage in those “untouchable conversations,” but to lead them. Her work at Colby will include writing, lecturing, and expanding the Beyond Pesticides Network in Canada, which she helped start.