Rebuilding the Indonesian nation
Mochtar Buchori, co-chair of the Indonesian Democratic Struggle Party and a close adviser to Vice President-elect Megawati Sukarnoputri, delivers a lecture entitled "Rebuilding the Indonesian nation."
The Indonesia-Canada Islamic Higher Education Project of McGill University is pleased to present a free public lecture by Mochtar Buchori (Ed.D Harvard 1975) entitled Rebuilding the Indonesian Nation on Monday, December 6, 1999 at 6 pm in room 26 of the Stephen Leacock Building, 855 Sherbrooke Street West. All are welcome -- no tickets required.
Dr Mochtar Buchori is co-chair of the Indonesian Democratic Struggle Party (PDI-P) and a close adviser to the partys reform leader, Megawati Sukarnoputri, who was elected Vice-President of Indonesia on October 21, 1999. He is also a member of Indonesias new Parliament for 1999-2004, where he is Chairman of the PDI-P delegation on the standing commission for religion, education, youth and sports, and manpower.
Well known for his research on the socio-cultural basis of problems in the national development of Indonesia, Mochtar Buchori is a columnist for the Jakarta Post and for the New Straits Times in Malaysia. He is a former rector of Muhammadiyahs Teaching Training College in Jakarta, where he still teaches, and advises the Canadian Embassy in Jakarta on cultural matters.
The national and presidential elections in Indonesia this year mark only the beginning of reform in Indonesia, and the challenges facing the country are numerous and large. The McGill talk will focus on the search for a model of modernity, looking at democracy, pluralism and education. With personal insight on recent significant events in Indonesia, Dr Buchori will discuss the prospects for the new Government under President Abdurrahman Wahid ("Gus Dur") to bring about fundamental reform in the worlds fourth most populous nation.
Through 10 years of cooperation, the Indonesia-Canada Islamic Higher Education Project of McGill University has helped to strengthen teaching, research, library and management capacities of Indonesias post-secondary state Islamic institutes and to support the participation of women in their activities.
This lecture is made possible with the support of the Beatty Memorial Lectures Committee.