The Oak Institute’s annual theme for the academic year of 2020-21 was Borders and Human Rights. We sought to explore many aspects of the intersection of borders and human rights, including immigration, refugees, militarization, colonialism, imperialism, indigenous rights, and free movement. We also considered the different ways to address borders and human rights issues through an exploration of policy, advocacy, and resistance.
Please take the time to read through the summary of our year, words from our 2020 Oak Fellows, Nasim Lomani and Adriana Jasso, as well as creative student work that relates to the annual theme. Special thanks to artist, writer, and journalist Molly Crabapple, for the cover art, which features a watercolor painting of a wedding dress shop in a refugee camp in Domiz, Northern Iraq. We are grateful to Molly for providing one of her stunning and previously unpublished works for the Oak Human Rights Journal.