Welcome to Herb Feith Foundation

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    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.


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  • ‘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 Jemma Purdey’s piece published online in Indonesia at Melbourne, ‘Indonesia takes a small but critical step towards reconciliation‘.   Read more
  • Herb Feith Foundation is pleased to support Sedih// Sunno a performance installation from Rani P Collaborations 5-15 May, Arts House, Next Wave Festival 2016 Take a Sneak Peak at the Trailer Book your tickets here Media interviews and reviews Interviews: ABC Radio PBSFM Broadsheet Reviews: SMH Real Time Arts  Theatre Press Read more
  • Butet Manurung, Founder and Director of SOKOLA ‘The Jungle School: A journey of advocacy for Indonesia’s indigenous peoples’ Date: Thursday 14 April 2016 Time: 6.15pm-7.30pm Venue: Old Arts-155 (Theatre D), Melbourne University, Parkville (Map) All welcome!   Born in Jakarta, Indonesia in 1972, Butet developed a love of the outdoors while earning her degrees in anthropology and Indonesian literature from Padjajaran University, ... Read more
  • 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 of the Herb Feith Foundation. John’s  long life – he would have turned 95 this coming May – was for more than fifty years characterized by a commitment to Monash, to ... Read more
  • The Herb Feith Foundation is proud to support AJAR’s ‘The Act of Living: A photo exhibition of women survivors of Indonesia’s violence in 1965’. For a sample of the exhibition please watch this clip and stay tuned for information about where and when you can see the complete exhibition in Melbourne in 2016.   https://youtu.be/RTF32LYIyEI Read more
  • ‘Addressing the Legacies of the 1965-66 Mass Violence in Indonesia 50 Years On’   Date & Time: Thursday 10 December, 5pm exhibition opening and book launch;  6.30-8pm lecture Venue: Ground Floor (H116), H Building, Monash University Caulfield RSVP by 7 December: Register here Dinner will be served prior to the lecture, 5.30-6.30pm To mark International Human Rights Day the Herb Feith Foundation ... Read more
  • The convenors of the Herb Feith Translation Series, ‘Translating Accounts of the 1965-66 mass killings in Indonesia’ Kate McGregor and Jemma Purdey, took part in a Live Q&A hosted by The Guardian Australia online on Friday 13 November. The invitation was made from The Guardian Australia’s Culture editor, Nancy Groves, to have the discussion we couldn’t ... Read more
  • Memories of violence: Forbidden, not forgotten The Age October 26, 2015 Katharine McGregor and Jemma Purdey Why isn’t it possible to mark the 50th anniversary of a brutal violent phase in Indonesia with open public discussion? Read more       Read more
  • Pernyataan Pers 24 Oktober 2015 Kami dari Yayasan Herb Feith sangat kecewa dan terkejut atas pembatalan secara paksa atas serangkaian kegiatan yang kami sponsori di Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF) 2015. Kami mendapat pemberitahuan mengenai pembatalan ini kemarin (tanggal 23 Oktober) pukul 16.00 waktu Australia atau empat hari sebelum kegiatan kami di UWRF seharusnya dimulai pada tanggal 27 Oktober. Pembatalan ... Read more
  • Media Release 24 October 2015 The Herb Feith Foundation is shocked and disappointed at the forced cancellation of its sponsored events at the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2015. We were notified of this decision yesterday at 4pm AEST, 23 October, four days before our program was due to commence on 27 October. Indonesian voices on 1965-66 have ... Read more