The Herb Feith Foundation was established in 2003 to commemorate the life and work of Herb Feith (1930-2001), volunteer, scholar, teacher and peace activist.
- As a volunteer graduate in Indonesia in the early 1950s, Herb inspired the formation of the Volunteer Graduate Scheme that later broadened into what is now Australian Volunteers International.
- Herb was a distinguished scholar of Indonesian politics, and his 1962 book The Decline of Constitutional Democracy in Indonesia remains the definitive study of Indonesia in the 1950s.
- Herb’s teaching on Indonesia, Third World politics and peace studies inspired generations of students in Australia and Indonesia. He taught at Monash University from 1962 until he retired in 1990. He then returned to Indonesia as a volunteer again to teach at the Gadjah Mada University Centre for Security and Peace Studies.
- Internationally known as a compassionate and intensely moral person, Herb championed important causes involving democracy, human rights and conflict resolution.
Set up by the Council of Monash University, the mission of the Foundation is to promote and support work of the kind to which Herb Feith devoted his life. It therefore aims to support the newly created Herb Feith Chair for the Study of Indonesia and other international educational activities in such fields as peace studies, human rights and conflict resolution. It also sponsors the Herb Feith Memorial Lectures.
- Sad news: The passing of John D. Legge (1921-2016) AO, FASSA, BA, MA (Melbourne), DPhil (Oxford), HonDLitt (Monash)It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the passing today of John Legge at Cabrini Hospital, Melbourne. John was a founding board member of the Herb Feith Foundation. John’s long life – he would have turned 95 this coming May – was for more than fifty years characterized by a commitment to Monash, to Read more
- The Herb Feith Foundation is proud to support AJAR’s ‘The Act of Living: A photo exhibition of women survivors of Indonesia’s violence in 1965’. For a sample of the exhibition please watch this clip and stay tuned for information about where and when you can see the complete exhibition in Melbourne in 2016. https://youtu.be/RTF32LYIyEI Read more
- ‘Addressing the Legacies of the 1965-66 Mass Violence in Indonesia 50 Years On’ Date & Time: Thursday 10 December, 5pm exhibition opening and book launch; 6.30-8pm lecture Venue: Ground Floor (H116), H Building, Monash University Caulfield RSVP by 7 December: Register here Dinner will be served prior to the lecture, 5.30-6.30pm To mark International Human Rights Day the Herb Feith Foundation Read more
- The convenors of the Herb Feith Translation Series, ‘Translating Accounts of the 1965-66 mass killings in Indonesia’ Kate McGregor and Jemma Purdey, took part in a Live Q&A hosted by The Guardian Australia online on Friday 13 November. The invitation was made from The Guardian Australia’s Culture editor, Nancy Groves, to have the discussion we couldn’t Read more
- Memories of violence: Forbidden, not forgotten The Age October 26, 2015 Katharine McGregor and Jemma Purdey Why isn’t it possible to mark the 50th anniversary of a brutal violent phase in Indonesia with open public discussion? Read more Read more
- Pernyataan Pers 24 Oktober 2015 Kami dari Yayasan Herb Feith sangat kecewa dan terkejut atas pembatalan secara paksa atas serangkaian kegiatan yang kami sponsori di Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF) 2015. Kami mendapat pemberitahuan mengenai pembatalan ini kemarin (tanggal 23 Oktober) pukul 16.00 waktu Australia atau empat hari sebelum kegiatan kami di UWRF seharusnya dimulai pada tanggal 27 Oktober. Pembatalan Read more
- Media Release 24 October 2015 The Herb Feith Foundation is shocked and disappointed at the forced cancellation of its sponsored events at the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2015. We were notified of this decision yesterday at 4pm AEST, 23 October, four days before our program was due to commence on 27 October. Indonesian voices on 1965-66 have Read more
- CANCELLATION OF PHOTO EXHIBITION AT UWRF 2015 It is with great regret that we wish to inform you that the photo exhibition The Act of Living, created by Asian Justice and Rights (AJAR), sponsored and convened by the Herb Feith Foundation at UWRF 2015 will no longer be able to proceed. Please see the Official Statement from UWRF: http://www.ubudwritersfestival.com/notice-regarding-select-festival-program-changes/ Read AJAR Director, Galuh Read more
- CANCELLATION OF DISCUSSION PANELS AT UWRF 2015 It is with great regret that we wish to inform you that three panels sponsored and convened by the Herb Feith Foundation at UWRF 2015 will no longer be able to proceed. Please see the Official Statement from UWRF: http://www.ubudwritersfestival.com/notice-regarding-select-festival-program-changes/ The Herb Feith Foundation is pleased to sponsor a series of panels at UWRF Read more
- CANCELLATION OF LAUNCH AT UWRF 2015 It is with great regret that we wish to inform you that our book launch will no longer be able to proceed. Please see the Official Statement from UWRF: http://www.ubudwritersfestival.com/notice-regarding-select-festival-program-changes/ The Herb Feith Foundation is proud to announce the launch of 3 books in its translation series published with Monash University Publishing, Translating Accounts of Read more
- EVENT CANCELLED Herb Feith Foundation regrets to advise that the book launch event for Siauw Giok Tjhan’s G30S dan Kejahatan Negara, announced earlier, is cancelled. The launch is part of Herb Feith Foundation’s programs in Ubud Writers and Readers Festival in Ubud. Local authorities have forced the Festival’s organizers to cancel all events related to the 1965 Read more
- Herb Feith Foundation Looking back at Jakarta, 1950s-1960s Three speakers look back at the changing urban environment of Jakarta in the 1950s and 1960s which was very different from the modern metropolis of today. 18 November 2015 6.00pm for 6.30pm-8.30pm Rm HB40, H Building, Monash University Caulfield Download the flyer Watch the seminar on YouTube Read more
- The Herb Feith Foundation is pleased to annouce the launch of the Inside Indonesia Digital Archive in collaboration with the National Library of Australia and supported by the Herb Feith Foundation and the Australia Indonesia Institute. The archive contains 90 editions of the magazine currently only available in hardcopy form – editions 1 (1983) to 89 (2007) Read more