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.
- Seminar and Film Screening ‘Reuniting the Timorese children stolen during the Indonesian occupation of Timor-Leste’, Dodi Yuniar, Asia Justice and Rights (AJAR) AJAR’s 25 min documentary, ‘Nina and the Stolen Children of Timor-Leste’ ... Read more
- Exhibition & Conference ‘Fifty years on: Reflections on the anniversary and recent efforts to address the 1965 violence in Indonesia’The Herb Feith Foundation and the Asian History Hub in SHAPS at Melbourne University announce an exhibition launch and a one-day conference featuring the Herb Feith ... Read more
- The Herb Feith Foundation is pleased to announce the latest title forthcoming in its Translation Series. The first book in the mini-series ‘Healing and reconciliation after ... Read more
- Launch: The Findings of the International People’s Tribunal on the 1965 Crimes Against Humanity in IndonesiaDate/Time: Wednesday 20th July, 4.50 pm for a 5pm-5.45pm Venue: 221 Bouverie St, B120 (Theatre 2, Basement), The University of Melbourne All welcome On December 10 2015, the Herb Feith Foundation ... Read more
- ‘Was it an intellectual genocide? The elimination of leftist elements from Indonesian Higher Education, 1965-1980’ Abdul Wahid, Department of History, Universitas Gadjah Mada The anti-communist violence of 1965 is ... Read more
- Herb Feith Seminar: Professor Abidin Kusno, ‘Shophouses, Chinese Indonesians, and Other Stories’, 13 July, 6.30pmProfessor Abidin Kusno, ‘Shophouses, Chinese Indonesians, and Other Stories’ WEDNESDAY 13 JULY 2016 6.15pm for 6.30pm – 8pm HB40, H Building, Monash University Caulfield campus Light refreshments will be served. The ... Read more
- ‘After Long Silence, Indonesia Allows Talk of Anti-Communist Atrocities’, New York Times, By JOE COCHRANE, APRIL 17, 2016 For a commentary on the symposium see Katharine McGregor and ... Read more
- 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 ... Read more