Promoting the Indonesia Project in North America

Associate Professor Dr Budy Resosudarmo during his lecture at the Michigan State University in East Lansing.

Associate Professor Dr Budy Resosudarmo during his lecture at the Michigan State University in East Lansing.

 

Two Indonesia Project staff members have been able to promote the Indonesia Project’s work in North America this year, namely Associate Professor Dr Budy Resosudarmo, Head of the Indonesia Project, and Ben Wilson, the managing editor of the Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies (BIES).

While visiting the Harvard Kennedy School for a semester this year,  Budy Resosudarmo visited several universities in the United States to promote the work of the ANU Indonesia Project and to seek opportunities for further collaboration.

On 31 March, Dr Resosudarmo accepted an invitation to give a lecture on Indonesia in the Tri-College Consortium which consists of three private liberal arts colleges in the Philadelphia suburbs, i.e. Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore Colleges. Approximately 60 students attended the lecture and took part in the discussion.

On 11 April, Dr Resosudarmo participated in the 13th Yale Indonesia Forum-Cornell Indonesian Association Spring Conference, where he promoted The Project and its activities. It was a day conference where participants presented a range of research works on Indonesia. The majority of participants in this conference were Indonesian students currently studying at various universities in northeastern United States such as Yale, Cornell, Wesleyan, Brown, Ohio State, Michigan and UCL-London. Genuine interest was shown in the Project’s activities in Indonesia and its visiting fellowship program.

Dr Resosudarmo presenting at University of California at San Diego.

Dr Resosudarmo presenting at University of California at San Diego.

 

Then, on 15 April, Dr Resosudarmo introduced The Project’s works to the United States-Indonesian community in Washington DC. Around 30 people attended the talk, including Clare Wolfowitz, an Indonesianist who lived in Indonesia for a number of years during her husband’s appointment as  the US Ambassador to Indonesia, and Vikram Nehru, the Bakrie Chair at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Associate Professor Budy Resosudarmo with MSU students

Dr Resosudarmo with MSU students

 

On 20 April, Dr Resosudarmo gave a lecture at the School of International Affairs and Pacific Studies, University of California-San Diego, which was attended by 60 graduate students. The lecture was followed by a discussion on possible collaboration between UC San Diego and the ANU Indonesia Project.

From San Diego he visited East Lansing to gave a lecture at the Asian Studies Center, Michigan State University. The lecture was followed by a discussion on the Indonesian economy with a group of Indonesian students. Professor Siddarth Chandra, the head of the Asian Studies Center, showed strong interest in forming a long-term collaboration with The Project.

Lastly, on 22 June 2015, Budy visited and gave a presentation on the Project’s activities at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and at the East-West Center (http://www.eastwestcenter.org). There has been some interest among academics at both institutions to collaborate with the Project in hosting a workshop on Indonesia.

Dr Resosudarmo during the 13th Yale Indonesia Forum - Cornell Indonesian Association Spring Conference.

Dr Resosudarmo during the 13th Yale Indonesia Forum – Cornell Indonesian Association Spring Conference.

 

Ben Wilson, the managing editor of the Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies (BIES), has spent much of 2014–15 as a visitor at the Centre for Southeast Asian Research (CSEAR) at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada.

On Monday 23 March, in an effort to promote BIES in North America, the Project joined CSEAR in presenting a seminar at UBC on sustainability and agriculture in the Indonesian economy: ‘Green Growth for All’.

The seminar focused on Indonesia’s efforts to balance agricultural production with environmental sustainability and better outcomes for smallholders, given President Joko Widodo’s focus on food self-sufficiency and on agriculture as an engine of future growth.

The first speaker, Dr Joanne Gaskell (World Bank), presented a version of her paper ‘The Role of Markets, Technology, and Policy in Generating Palm-Oil Demand in Indonesia‘, published in the April 2015 issue of BIES.

For more information on the event, see the ANU Indonesia Project blog or contact ben.wilson@anu.edu.au.

A second joint seminar at UBC is planned for October.