Commemoration includes a lecture by Prof. Baskara T. Wardaya, Universitas Sanata Dharma
This event commemorates the many acts of mass violence that occurred throughout Indonesia in May of 1998. It has been documented that over 1,000 people suffered death in the widespread rioting. Businesses were targeted and destroyed. Hundreds of ethnic Chinese women were raped and sexually assaulted. The events of the Tragedy of May ’98 sparked the reform of Indonesian government and catapulted it into the democracy that it is today.
The commemoration includes a lecture by Prof. Baskara T. Wardaya, Universitas Sanata Dharma
Prof. Baskara T. Wardaya, S.J. received Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in History from Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He teaches at Sanata Dharma University and Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He also works as the Director of PUSdEP (Center for History and Political Ethics). His publications include: Bung Karno Menggugat! [Sukarno Accuses, 2006]; Cold War Shadow: United States Policy toward Indonesia 1953-1963 (2007); and Membongkar Supersemar [Dismantling “Supersemar”, 2007]. Currently he is a visiting Fulbright Professor in the Department of History at the University of California, Riverside. Though his scholarship ranges from history to religion to politics, he is most known for his research titled, “Indonesian Catholics and the Struggle for Democracy,” which explores the complicated relationship between Indonesian Catholics’ varying levels of political participation and democracy developing within Indonesia. Most recently he was a featured speaker at the 2011 UCLA Indonesian Studies Conference.
Cost: Free and open to the public.
Sponsor(s): Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Indonesian Chinese American Association
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