Events - Oak Institute


Film Screening: AWAKE, A Dream from Standing Rock

Post-film discussion with Oak Fellow, Michelle Cook, and producer, Teena Pugliese
Friday, November 11, 7 p.m.
Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square, Waterville, ME

The Water Protectors at Standing Rock captures world attention through their peaceful resistance. While many may know the details, AWAKE, A Dream from Standing Rock captures the story of Native-led defiance that forever changed the fight for clean water, our environment and the future of our planet. The film is a collaboration between Indigenous filmmakers, Director Myron Dewey, Executive Producer Doug Good Feather and environmental Oscar Nominated filmmakers Josh Fox and James Spione. It is a labor of love to support the peaceful movements of the water protectors. 

As Long As Grass Grows

Dina Gilio-Whitaker, Lecturer of American Indian Studies, CA State University San Marcos
Monday, November 14, 7 p.m.
Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building

Dina Gilio-Whitaker (Colville Confederated Tribes) is a lecturer of American Indian Studies at California State University San Marcos, and independent consultant and educator in environmental justice policy planning. At CSUSM she teaches courses on environmentalism and American Indians, traditional ecological knowledge, religion and philosophy, Native women’s activism, American Indians and sports, and decolonization. She also works within the field of critical sports studies, examining the intersections of indigeneity and the sport of surfing.

Film Screening: 500 YEARS

Post-film discussion with director, Pamela Yates, and Oak Fellow, Ana Lucía Ixchíu Hernández 
Thursday, December 1, 7 p.m.
Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building

Focusing on universal themes of justice, racism, power and corruption, 500 YEARS tells the story from the perspective of the majority indigenous Mayan population, and their struggles in the country’s growing democracy. 500 YEARS tells the epic story that led Guatemala to a tipping point in its history, from the genocide trial to the citizen uprising that toppled President Otto Perez Molina. As witness to this heroic moment in Guatemalan history, 500 YEARS documents the beginning of the end of an unaccountable rule of law, and a society ready for change. 

In Spanish, Kaqchikel, and Ixil with English subtitles. 

The Oak Institute has presented a wide range of speakers and guests over the years who have shared their powerful experiences with members of the Colby community. View the Past Events page to learn more about the speaker events and subject matter.

Since 1998 Colby has had 27 Oak Institute for Human Rights Fellows from 23 countries. Prior to being selected, they all had been working on various areas of human rights, from indigenous people’s rights to human trafficking to food sovereignty.