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.
- Herb Feith Foundation was proud to sponsor Dialita Choir ‘Lagu Untuk Anakku: Songs of Survivors’ Taman Ismail Marzuki, Jakarta 13 December 2017 You can watch the concert in full here Read more
- ‘Sea of Memories’ Leila Chudori in conversation with Intan Paramaditha Indonesia Forum, University of Melbourne 9 November 2017, 6pm Read more
- Professor Ariel Heryanto delivered this lecture at Universitas Indonesia, in July 2017. The English language version of the lecture will be published in 2018. Read more
- Herb Feith Foundation in collaboration with Monash Anthropology is proud to present Solo, Solitude (Istirahatlah Kata-Kata) ACMI, Federation Square 10 October, 6pm Followed by Q&A with the film’s director ... Read more
- Memorial Lecture 2017, 18 October, 6pm: ‘Normalising Chinese Indonesians’, Ass. Prof. Charles CoppelYou are invited to attend the 2017 Herb Feith Memorial Lecture ‘Normalising Chinese Indonesians’ Associate Professor, Charles Coppel, University of Melbourne DATE Wednesday 18 October 2017 TIME 6pm for 6.30 – 8.30pm RSVP essential ... Read more
- ICOC Keynote: ‘Telling stories and sharing lives: Fostering connections between Australians and Indonesians’ The following is an edited extract of Dr Jemma Purdey’s Keynote Lecture at ... Read more
- 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 Download and read Pat’s talk here. Wednesday, ... 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