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: Pat Walsh, ‘Growing flowers in a prison: Timor-Leste’s new hub of post-conflict best practice’Herb Feith Foundation Seminar Series 2017 ‘Growing flowers in a prison: Timor-Leste’s new hub of post-conflict best practice’ , Pat Walsh Wednesday, 16 August 2017, 6pm-7.30pm, AVI, ... Read more
- Young Indonesian Filmmakers and Human Rights Issues on Screen: Presentations of the work of the 2017 Herb Feith Foundation John Darling Fellows Indonesia Forum and Herb ... Read more
- The John Darling Fellowship is supported by the Herb Feith Foundation and will be offered for the first time in 2018. The fellowship is designed ... Read more
- The latest commentary from Chair of the HFF Badan Pekerja featured in the Jakarta Post recently. Vigilantism: A relic of the past, now threatening the future READ Read more
- INAUGURAL HERB FEITH PROFESSORIAL LECTURE BY PROF. ARIEL HERYANTO Thursday, 1 June 2017 HB40, H Building, Monash University, Caulfield Campus 900 Dandenong Road Caulfield East, VIC 3145 View Map Dinner: 6:00pm-6:45pm Lecture: ... Read more
- Launch of Bridges of Friendship: Reflections on Indonesia’s Early Independence and Australia’s Volunteer Graduate Scheme, 1950s-1960s (edited by Ann McCarthy and Ailsa Thomson Zainuddin) , Herb Feith ... Read more
- A Photo Exhibition of Women Survivors of Indonesia’s Violence in 1965 In this landmark exhibition 16 women survivors of the 1965 violence in Indonesia including former ... Read more
- Lecture and film screening -‘1965: Distorting memory against democracy, reviving memory for empathy’Herb Feith Foundation with the Asia Institute and the Indonesia Forum at the University of Melbourne present a Lecture and Film Screening: ‘1965: Distorting memory against ... Read more
- Putu Oka Sukanta named inaugural Herb Feith Foundation Human Rights Education Award recipient To mark International Human Rights Day on 10 December, the Herb Feith Foundation ... Read more