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.
- Film maker and John Darling Fellow, Dwi Sujanti Nugraheni’s feature-length documentary, Denok and Gareng, has received a glowing review in the online magazine The Hollywood Reporter. To read the review and find out more about the film follow this link, http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/denok-gareng-luang-prabang-review-664013. Read more
- Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia, His Excellency Professor Dr Boediono today delivered an oration on education, innovation and the importance of the Indonesia-Australia relationship at Monash University, as part of his official visit to Australia. Read more Read more
- Professor Ed Aspinall’s Memorial Lecture, ‘Democracy in Indonesia Revisited’, held at Monash Caulfield, 1 October 2013, is now available for viewing on YouTube. Watch the Memorial Lecture Read more
- The Foundation is please to announce a recent grant to the Clearing House for Archival records on Timor (CHART) Inc. to begin an extensive digitisation of the Human Rights Office collection of the Australian Council for Overseas Aid (ACFOA, now ACFID). The collection, recording the work of Pat Walsh and associates from 1979-2000, is among the highest-ranking Timor ... Read more
- Herb Feith Foundation Board members Djin Siauw and Charles Coppel featured recently in the Jakarta Post , in an article about Djin’s father Siauw Giok Tjhan, Indonesia’s ethnic Chinese community and their position before, during and after the 30 September 1965 and the mass killings and imprisonments of 1965-66. Harry Bhaskara, ’Siauw turns ‘New Order’ prison term into shining ... Read more
- The Herb Feith Foundation together with the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies and the Indonesia Forum at the University of Melbourne and STF Driyakara in Jakarta were pleased to present the multi-site conference, ‘After the Act of Killing: Historical Justice and the 1965-66 Mass Killings in Indonesia?’, held Friday 30 August. Download the program and watch a recording ... Read more
- 2013 – Herb Feith Memorial Lecture: ‘Democracy in Indonesia Revisited’, Professor Edward Aspinall, 1 October 20132013 – Ninth Annual Herb Feith Memorial Lecture ‘Democracy in Indonesia Revisited’, Professor Edward Aspinall, Australian National University Edward Aspinall is a professor of politics in the Department of Political and Social Change, School of International, Political and Strategic Studies, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University. He is the author of Opposing Suharto: Compromise, Resistance and Regime Change in Indonesia (2005) ... Read more
- Herb Feith Foundation Seminar 3, 2013: Professor Paul Ramadge ‘Genuine education partnerships in Indonesia: Getting beyond jam karet’Genuine education partnerships in Indonesia: Getting beyond jam karet Speaker: Professor Paul Ramadge, Executive Director, Global Initiatives & Vice Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow Date: 18 September 2013, 7pm-9pm Venue: Monash Caulfield Campus, Building E, Room 224 (Level 2). See a Map of Caulfield Campus. Please register by 16 September 2013 For further information email email@example.com or telephone to 03 8523 94 92. DOWNLOAD THE FLYER HERE Professor Ramadge ... Read more
- Herb Feith Foundation Seminar 2, 2013: Indonesia after SBY: Economic and Political Prospects Beyond 2014Indonesia after SBY: Economic and Political Prospects Beyond 2014 Speaker: Mr James Castle Chair: Herb Feith Research Professor, Greg Barton Date: Tuesday 6 August 2013, 7.00 for 7.30 pm Venue: The Cumming Theatre (K321), Monash Caulfield (click here for map) No RSVP necessary James Castle is the founder of CastleAsia, established in Jakarta in 1980 in association with PT Jasa Cita. CastleAsia manages ... Read more
- Special Event: A conference and book launch: ‘After The Act of Killing: Historical Justice and 1965-66 Mass Killings in Indonesia’The Herb Feith Foundation, the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies and the Indonesia Forum at the University of Melbourne invite you to a special multi-site Conference in conjunction with STF Driyarkara, Jakarta. ***WATCH RECORDINGS OF THE CONFERENCE ON YouTube - Part One - Part Two*** Date: Friday, 30 August 2013 Time: 11am – 8pm Venue: Theatre 227, 234 Queensberry Street, The University of Melbourne RSVP: 23 August 2013, ... Read more
- Filmmaker enriches two cultures Canberra Times, April 15, 2013 Ron Cerabona Australian National University graduate John Darling lived in Bali for many years and dedicated himself to improving Australian understanding of Indonesia. He died in 2011 and his widow Sara became the project manager of a fellowship, created with the support of the Herb Feith Foundation, to honour ... Read more
- In a ceremony in Dhaka on 24 March 2013, Herb Feith was posthumously awarded the ‘Friends of Liberation War Honour’ by the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, ‘as an expression of the respect and gratitude of the Bengalee nation for his unique contribution to the War of Liberation of the People’s Republic of Bangaldesh’. Herb’s ... Read more
- In this, the first in the Herb Feith Foundation series of seminars on Indonesia for 2013, we will be screening John Darling’s 2003 film The Healing of Bali. Date: Wednesday 17 April 2013 Time: 6.00pm for 6.45pm Where: Theatre HB36, Monash University Caulfield Campus Light refreshments will be served. For catering purposes it is important that you RSVP to the ... Read more