Closure of Herb Feith Foundation

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.

Set up by the Council of Monash University, the mission of the Foundation was to promote and support work of the kind to which Herb Feith devoted his life. It supported the 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 sponsored the Herb Feith Memorial Lectures.

After a period of 15 years’ service in carrying on the legacy of this distinguished scholar, the Herb Feith Foundation was formally closed in July 2018.

Following the closure of the Foundation, Monash University is delighted to announce the establishment of the Monash Herb Feith Indonesian Engagement Centre. The Centre will continue collaboration and outreach with Indonesia in recognition of its proud connection to Herb Feith. The Centre provides an opportunity to continue the legacy with a renewed focus on the themes of conflict resolution and human rights.

The Monash Herb Feith Indonesian Engagement Centre will be a dynamic and contemporary platform for Monash researchers engaging with Indonesia. It will deliver a vibrant schools outreach program, will support the learning of Bahasa Indonesia, will foster university partnerships and will engage with our growing cohort of Indonesia alumni.

The Centre will be headed up by Prof Ariel Heryanto, Herb Feith Professor for the Study of Indonesia.