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Oslo Freedom Forum & Internship with Albert Einstein Institution by Claire Trilling

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Oslo Freedom Forum & Internship with Albert Einstein Institution by Claire Trilling Jun 07

I stepped off the plane in Oslo, Norway excited to attend the Oslo Freedom Forum, a gathering of the world’s most notable human rights activists, journalists, policymakers, technologists, and artists who share the goal of making the world a more democratic and peaceful place. After spending the semester abroad in Jordan and traveling to Lebanon, Palestine, Egypt, Israel, and Turkey, I was ready to engage in a community of activists working to promote human rights in that region and across the world.

However, wandering around the city of Oslo before the forum began, I couldn’t shake a nagging question: “What am I doing here?” The conflicts I want to work on, the languages I want to learn, and the people whose lives are touched by those conflicts were all back in the region I had just come from. What was I doing in this idyllic European city that felt so far removed from where I’d spent the past four months?

Aug 30

What Should be the Role of NGOs in Fighting for Human Rights? Summer at the Albert Einstein Institution by Sara Arman

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This summer I am working remotely for the Albert Einstein Institution as an IGL Oslo Scholar. I am working for Jamila Raqib, the executive director of the institution who was an Oslo Freedom Forum Fellow. The Albert Einstein Institution works to advance the worldwide study and strategic use of nonviolent action.

Aug 29

There Are No Cookie Cutter Solutions to Building Democracy: CANVAS in Belgrade by Zara Rancheva

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It would not be an overstatement to say that, during my first month of work at CANVAS, I was perpetually awestruck.

Jul 11

Oslo Freedom Forum and an Internship with Bahrain Rehabilitation and Anti Violence Organization by Anne Hall

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“As Salam Alaykom” I greeted my mentor, Dr. Nada Dhaif, excitedly over a skype call in early May. We chatted briefly about the expectations and responsibilities interning remotely for BRAVO (Bahrain Rehabilitation and Anti-Violence Organization).

Sep 07

Preventative mental health program in Kashmir schools by Ogul Girgin

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“They make a devastation and call it peace” - Agha Shahid Ali

Aug 05

Finding Hope During a Grim Summer: a Nonviolent Solution to Terrorism? by Shawn Patterson

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Every week, the interns at the Center for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS) write a report that summarizes recent world news. Between a new outburst of global terror attacks and the draconian responses of governments, it has been a grim effort.

Jul 27

Reporting for Team Suleiman by Hnin Darle Lin

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Oslo Scholars from Tufts University and Mcgill University outside the City Hall with last year's OFF speaker, Suleiman Bakhit, right before entering the Monday evening reception hosted by the mayor of Oslo.

Jul 21

Mental Health and Kashmir's Youth by Liam Flaherty

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Photo (left to right) top row: Tufts' Liam Flaherty, Ogul Girgin, Nora Nord, and Seth Gray. Bottom row: Healing Kashmir's Justine Hardy and Ritu Konsam

Jun 27

Oslo Freedom Forum by Benya Kraus

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Oslo Freedom Forum video made by Benya!

The theme of "Catalyst" could not be more appropriate of a word to describe the purpose and impact of this year's Oslo Freedom Forum.  

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