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Indonesian Heritage Society - Spring Evening Lecture Series

February 21 - April 4, 2017

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The Indonesian Heritage Society offers popular English-language Evening Lecture series twice a year. The Evening Lectures are one of the oldest activities of the society. The first lecture was in September 1973 and over 400 lectures exploring Indonesia’s culture and contemporary issues have been organized since!

The lectures are open to the public and there is no need to register to join. You are welcome to listen to either one of the talks or the whole series of six. The lectures are organized in the auditorium of Erasmus Huis, Rasuna Said, Kav. S-3 (next to the Dutch Embassy) and the current series is on six consecutive Tuesdays from February 21- April 4, 2017.

Every lecture starts at 7:00 p.m. and finishes after a question and answer session around 8:30 p.m. Light snacks are served before each lecture. Come early to socialize with like-minded people! To help to cover the expenses we request an entrance donation of Rp.50,000. (Rp.30,000 for students with a valid student ID).

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Practical Information for foreigners, expats and expatriates moving to Indonesia - find out about housing, schooling, transport, shopping and more to prepare you for your stay in Indonesia

Discover Pencak Silat: the Malay Martial Art

Speaker: Dr. Rosalia Sciortino Sumaryono
March 14, 2017

Pancak Silat refers to the rich, but relatively unknown martial arts indigenous to the Malay world. In Indonesia, it consists of more than 800 martial arts schools developed by different masters who created their own style according to their preferences, their physical environment and social-cultural context. The main aspects of pencak silat are self-defense, sports, art and spiritual strength. Pencak silat practitioners from the Betawi (Jakarta) style will be present to show some of the characteristic moves.

A cultural anthropologist and development sociologist, Dr. Rosalia Sciortino Sumaryono is currently working for Mahidol and Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. She is the founder of the O'ong Maryono Pencak Silat Award to preserve and develop pencak silat in memory of her late husband, Master O'ong Maryono, and of SEA Junction, a cultural venue devoted to Southeast Asia.


The Banda Islands: 350 Years Since the Run – Manhattan Swap

Speaker: Tanya Alwi
March 21, 2017

In 1667, under the Treaty of Breda, a great international trade took place. The Netherlands achieved a monopoly in nutmeg and mace when they got the little island of Run in the Bandas. In exchange, they gave the British New Amsterdam, now Manhattan. Today the spice-rich Bandas are renowned for having one of the most diverse marine ecosystems in the world and are a candidate for UNESCO World Heritage listing. Tanya will illustrate the colorful history of the Bandas and describe planned commemorations of the 350th anniversary.

Tanya Alwi, from a prominent Bandanese family, is now a marine conservation activist. She is currently focusing on the UNESCO application and the struggle to preserve the cultural heritage of Banda's land and waters while promoting eco-tourism.


The Keris: Heritage in Iron

Speaker: Marc Peeters
March 28, 2017

From its origins as a weapon of self-defense, the keris has evolved into a treasured object rich in symbolism. Its importance persists today, though use is mainly ceremonial. The many shapes and sizes of keris, from simple to exquisitely sinuous, coincide with the complexity of stories and myths surrounding them. Marc Peeters will discuss keris history, describe classification of types, and talk about the smiths who forge these heirloom weapons, using much of his own extensive collection to illustrate his talk.

Marc Peeters is an avid collector and widely recognized keris historian. He has lived in Indonesia for over 40 years, and in that time has shared both his collection and knowledge through numerous lectures and exhibitions.


Jokowi at Mid-Term: Will Political Developments Impact Reforms?

Speaker: Douglas Ramage
April 4, 2017

Halfway through President Jokowi's five-year term, Indonesia's economy has improved and investor sentiment is trending positive. His focus on infrastructure and health care positions Jokowi for an expected reelection bid in 2019, while politically, he impresses critics with his mastery of parliamentary politics and coalition building. However, widespread efforts to weaken a key ally, Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok), have created political instability. How can Jokowi deal with this development yet maintain his preferred focus on improving the investment climate?

Douglas Ramage, Managing Director, BowerGroupAsia Indonesia advises leading multinational companies on Indonesia’s political, economic and investment climate. Previously country representative for The Asia Foundation and advisor to the World Bank, he is also the author of Politics in Indonesia and coauthored Seeing Indonesia as a Normal Country.


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