Voices From the Barrens: Native Peoples, Blueberries and Sovereignty
Screening and Q+A with director, Nancy Ghertner and Passamaquoddy Tribal Historic Officer, Donald Soctomah

Wednesday, April. 14

6:00 pm screening - Ostrove and Virtual (registration link)
7:00 pm Q+A - Virtual (registration link)
This documentary by Nancy Ghertner captures the wild blueberry harvest of the Wabanaki People from the USA and Canada as the tribes are challenged to balance blueberry hand raking traditions with the economic realities of the world market.

Each August, First People of the Canadian Wabanaki, the Mi'kmaq and Maliseet tribes cross the US/Canada border into Maine to take part in the tradition of hand raking blueberries with their Passamaquoddy brothers and sisters. This crossing to Maine blueberry barrens isn't considered “agricultural labor” but is part of the traditional harvest from the earth.

The screening will be followed by a live Q+A with Nancy Ghertner and Donald Soctomah, Passamaquoddy Tribal Historic Officer. 
Cosponsored Event
Baratunde Thurston
Boundaries and Margins Keynote Speaker
Thursday, April. 8

7:00 pm screening - Virtual (registration link)
Thurston is an Emmy-nominated host who has worked for The Onion, produced for The Daily Show, advised the Obama White House, and wrote the New York Times bestseller How To Be Black. He’s the executive producer and host of two podcasts: How To Citizen with Baratunde and We’re Having A Moment which CNET called “the most important podcast of 2020.” He’s also the creator/host of the weekly pandemic show, Live On Lockdown. In 2019, he delivered what MSNBC’s Brian Williams called “one of the greatest TED talks of all time”. Right now, the writer, activist, and comedian is using his powerful voice to help people understand this revolutionary moment with his unique blend of insight, humor, and empathy.

This event is free and open to Colby students, faculty, staff, parents, alum, and the broader community.

Sponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities, Colby Museum of Art, the Oak Institute for Human Rights, and Colby College SGA.
The Oak Human Rights Journal
is accepting submissions! + Prize Competition
The Oak Human Rights Journal is accepting submissions! For the year 2020/21, our theme is Borders and Human Rights. The Oak Institute seeks 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 consider the different ways to address borders and human rights issues through an exploration of policy, advocacy, and resistance.
If you want to submit an essay, a letter, a poem, a drawing, photographs, or a short story related to these issues, please reach out to abhalla@colby.edu. We are open to all mediums and formats, creative and academic. The first prize is $200, and the second prize is $100. The jury will be composed of faculty members from a broad variety of disciplines.

For examples from last semester, please refer to the first volume of the Oak Human Rights Journal for the theme of Water and Human Rights linked here.
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