Visitors and Post-Doctoral Fellows, 2001-02


Goenawan Mohamad
UC Regents Professor, Department of History, Fall 2001
Goenawan Mohamad is a leading Indonesian journalist, poet, essayist and pro-democracy activist. He is among a handful of Indonesians who speak to both the historical roots of the current transition from authoritarianism and the implications for democracy of ongoing changes, and has made critical contributions to public discourse and intellectual life for over 30 years.  He has received international recognition for his work to promote freedom of expression in Indonesia as the recipient of the International Press Freedom Award from the Committee to Protect Journalists (1998) and the International Editor of the Year Award from the World Press Review (1999).  While in residence at UCLA, Goenawan will pursue his current writing project, a book on esthetics and politics, present lectures and team-teach a course on Indonesian Literature with Visiting Professor in EALC and  Academic Coordinator in the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Dr. Mary Zurbuchen.

Phong Nguyen
Visiting Professor, Ethnomusicology, Winter 2001
Professor Nguyen holds a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology (1982) from The Sorbonne University and is a celebrated professional musician specializing in traditional Vietnamese music.  He is widely published and has produced, directed and performed his craft at premier venues across the globe. 

Mary S. Zurbuchen
Visting Professor, SSEALC Academic Coordinator, CSEAS, 2000-2002
Appointed in AY 2000 for two years, Dr. Zurbuchen will continue to teach in the Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures and advise as the Academic Coordinator in the Center for Southeast Asian Studies.  Zurbuchen recently completed an 8-year assignment as Ford Foundation Representative for Indonesia based in Jakarta, and worked for the Foundation in South and Southeast Asia for 15 years. With a doctorate in Linguistics (1981) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, her research interests include language and social change, cultural policy, and truth-seeking in transitional societies.  Her publications include "The Language of Balinese Shadow Theater," and she has offered courses in both Indonesian language and Southeast Asian cultures at Michigan and at the University of California, Berkeley. While at UCLA Dr. Zurbuchen will offer courses analyzing contemporary events in Indonesia, and will direct a research project and organize conferences on the comparative study of historical memory in Southeast Asia.

Published: Wednesday, January 31, 2001