Oslo Scholars

Power Plays: Exploring Nonviolent Movements at CANVAS by Frankie Michielli (A22)

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Power Plays: Exploring Nonviolent Movements at CANVAS by Frankie Michielli (A22) Jul 20

As a rising senior at Tufts, I have come to realize that the beauty of my education is that, every so often, I take a class that greatly alters my perspective about the relationship between peoples, states, and institutions. I have begun to seek out these experiences, which are simultaneously liberating and overwhelming, and this past year I was lucky enough to find one in Political Violence in State and Society. In the class, we explored the relationship between violence and state-building and the ways in which state and non-state actors employ violence to further their goals. I left that class not only with a deeper understanding of how civilian and ruling actors engage through conflict, but with a renewed eagerness to promote political rights and change the structures that lead to oppression.

Jul 15

Putting People First: How nonviolent action can be the key to liberation by Liz Shelbred (A’22)

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It is not that I did not believe in the power and potential of nonviolent resistance before this summer.

Jul 12

Diving Headfirst into Human Rights Activism: A CANVAS Intern Perspective by Emma Christman (A’23)

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After being selected as an Oslo Scholar through the Institute for Global Leadership (IGL), I began interning in June at the Center for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS) under Serbian human rights activist Srdja Popovich.

Jan 07

The CANVAS Summer Academy by Colin Kennedy (A’21)

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Helping organize, create and eventually participating in the CANVAS Summer Academy was the most meaningful part of my experience with CANVAS, an organization focused on promoting and teaching non-violence globally.

Nov 04

The Relevancy of the Albert Einstein Institution by Alessandra Moreno (A’21)

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Two weeks ago, I began my remote work as an Oslo Scholar with the Albert Einstein Institution (AEI). AEI is a nonprofit that specializes in the study of strategic nonviolent action and communicates nonviolent methodology to movements and activists around the world.

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Sep 02

Activism during a Pandemic by Colin Kennedy

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Working with CANVAS, a non-violence training center based in Serbia, has given me the opportunity to work on a breadth of issues that relate to activism in the world today, while understanding the impact of the pandemic. Every week, I work on reports that discuss current human rights abuses and protests around the world.

Aug 18

Creating a Dialogue Across Borders: Social Media Advocacy with One Day Seyoum by Leah Yohannes (A’21)

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“There isn’t an avenue to address your qualm and it’s by design. The system was not intended for that, there was never a democratic rule of law. Anyone can be arrested, and you don’t have the right to advocate for your child or family. That’s how they always meant for it to function.”

Aug 12

Inspired Activism: The Courage Fund Cambodia by Amelia Miller (A’23)

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It is mid-July, and I have been working remotely with Courage Fund Cambodia (CFC) for approximately six weeks. With every week that passes, I learn more about not only those I am working with, and CFC as an organization, but also about what it takes to run an organization with a noble mission such as that of CFC.

Jul 30

19 Stolen Years: Holding the Eritrean Regime Accountable by Leah Yohannes (A’21)

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This summer I am interning with One Day Seyoum (ODS), a youth-led organization dedicated to publicizing human rights violations in Eritrea and to speaking out against the current regime.

Jul 27

Langos and legacies: Dismantling Dictatorships with Jamila Raqib by Haruka Noishiki (A’21 )

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Over the past few years, it would not be an exaggeration to say that I have pined over the Oslo Scholars Program.

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