Each year the Oak Institute hosts a series of events highlighting human rights in relation to the particular theme of the fellowship. The 2019 theme is water and human rights.
Oak Spring 2020 Events Calendar
Shusenjo: “Comfort Women” issue documentary screening with director Miki Dezaki
Monday, February 24 / 7:00 pm / Olin 1
Film director Miki Dezaki presents his powerful debut work “Shusenjo: The Main Battleground of the Comfort Women Issue.” This highly acclaimed documentary examines the enduring, divisive legacy of the Japanese military’s wartime use of sexual slaves, officially referred to as “Comfort Women.” Even in today’s Japan, seventy-four years after the end of the Pacific War, discussion of these women and their experiences produce powerful reactions that range from denial, to defensiveness, to calls for sincerity in contrition. Come join us for an exploration of this important issue with the film’s director.
Film Screening: Afro-Germany with Afro-German Filmmaker & Journalist, Jana Pareigis
Monday, February 24 / 7:00 pm / Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond
Black and German: news anchor Jana Pareigis has spent her entire life being asked about her skin color. What is it like to be black in Germany? What needs to change? “Where are you from?” Afro-German journalist Jana Pareigis has heard that question since her early childhood. And she’s not alone. Black people have been living in Germany for around 400 years, and today there are an estimated one million Germans with dark skin.
But they still get asked the latently racist question, “Where are you from?” Jana Pareigis is familiar with the undercurrents of racism in the western world. When she was a child, the Afro-German TV presenter also thought her skin color was a disadvantage. “When I was young, I wanted to be white,” she says. Parageis takes us on a trip through Germany from its colonial past up to the present day, visiting other dark-skinned Germans to talk about their experiences. They include rapper Samy Deluxe, pro footballer Gerald Asamoah and Theodor Michael, who lived as a black man in the Third Reich. They talk about what it’s like to be black in Germany.
Maude Barlow, Global Water Expert
Wednesday, February 26 / 7:00 pm / Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond
Best-selling author of 16 books and an expert on global water, Maude Barlow has just released her latest book, Whose Water it is Anyway? Maude is the National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians and chairs Food & Water Watch’s board. She is also an executive member of the San Francisco-based International Forum on Globalization and a Councillor with the Hamburg-based World Future Council.
In “Whose Water is it, Anyway?” Barlow explores the urgent need for water protection in a world that is running out of fresh water. Taking water protection into public hands, she explores how the Blue Communities Project gives people tools they can use to protect water.
Lunchtime Conversation with Water Advocates: Maude Barlow and Emma Lui
February 26 / 12:00 pm / Bobby Silberman
Join us for a lunchtime discussion between Maude Barlow, best-selling author of 16 books and an expert on global water, and Emma Lui, water activist and writer. Students, professors, and staff are all welcome to come to learn and participate. We will be covering topics such as water privatization and careers in advocacy. Lunch will be provided.
Cosponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities and the Environmental Studies Program
Human Rights Internships Info-Session
Friday, February 28 / 4:00 pm / Grossman 209
The Oak Institute for Human Rights offers summer internship funding to allow students to pursue internships at institutions that work on issues of human rights, broadly defined. Internship funding (up to $5,000) is available to continuing full-time Colby students over the summer.
To apply, please submit an application through DavisConnects.
Applications for Summer 2020 will be live on the DavisConnects webpage on February 27, 2020. Students will submit a general application (please visit DavisConnects funding page to prep all essay questions an application materials) in addition to the following questions by March 12, 2020, at 11:59 PM EST.
When they return to campus, recipients of Oak Internships will be expected to submit a 500-1000 word report on their internship work that will be posted on our website.
BE DAMMED: Art as Resistance to Environmental Destruction with Carolina Caycedo
Carolina Caycedo is a London-born Colombian artist living in Los Angeles. She participates in movements of territorial resistance, solidarity economies, and housing as a human right. Her work contributes to the construction of environmental historical memory as a fundamental element for non-repetition of violence against human and non-human entities and generates a debate about the future in relation to common goods, environmental justice, just energy transition, and cultural biodiversity.
Join us as Caycedo shares her ongoing project, Be Dammed, which uses Indigenous cosmogonies of the Americas, conceptualizing all bodies of waters as connected. Be Dammed investigates the effects that large dams have on natural and social landscapes in several American bio-regions. Carolina uses aerial and satellite imagery, geo-choreographies, and audio-visual essays to intersect social bodies with bodies of water, exploring public space in rural contexts, and conjuring water as a common good.
Lunchtime Art Conversation with Carolina Caycedo
Wednesday, March 4 / 12:00 pm / Art Museum Lobby
Join us as for lunch in the Art Museum lobby as London-born Colombian artist from Los Angeles talks about her work with meshing art and advocacy. Caycedo participates in movements of territorial resistance, solidarity economies, and housing as a human right. Her work contributes to the construction of environmental historical memory as a fundamental element for non-repetition of violence against human and non-human entities and generates a debate about the future in relation to common goods, environmental justice, just energy transition, and cultural biodiversity.
Day Trip to Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston
Saturday, March 7
The Oak Institute is organizing a day trip to the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston where Caycedo’s exhibit is on display as of January 20th. Please email <[email protected]> if you would like to attend.
Cosponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities, the Colby Art Museum, the Spanish Department, the Latin American Studies Program, and the Environmental Studies Program
“Son of Genocide,” 2020 Oak Fellow Venuste Kubwimana
After losing members of his family during the Rwandan genocide in 1994, Venuste was left to care for his younger siblings and often had to miss school to fetch water from distant clean water sources. Venuste’s experience inspired him to partner with a friend to form the International Transformation Foundation (ITF) – a nonprofit organization that provides youth leadership and entrepreneurship programs to develop jobs and contribute to the development of Rwandan and Kenyan communities.
His start-up, “A Water Kiosk at School”, has transformed communities and engaged schools in rural Kenya and Rwanda by improving access to clean water. Join us as Venuste shares his story and mission to scale his water-access project as our second fellow to address this year’s Oak theme, Water and Human Rights.
7:00 pm will be our wine and dessert reception in the Diamond Artium, and 7:30 pm Venuste’s public talk will begin in Ostrove Auditorium, with a screening of our new short film about Venuste.
“US Retrenchment from the World Stage: Human Rights in the Age of America First”, Andrea Prasow, Human Rights Watch
Andrea Prasow, Washington Director (Acting) at Human Rights Watch, conducts advocacy before the US government on global human rights issues, with a particular focus on national security and human rights. Prasow frequently appears on domestic and international radio and television, and has published in a wide range of print and online media outlets, including Politico, The Hill and Foreign Policy.
Sponsored by Global Studies
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