Upcoming Meeting/Speaker01 September 2014

Mary Zurbuchen

Mary Zurbuchen: Life in the Ford Lane

Mary is an independent scholar and consultant on philanthropy. Her research interests include literature and performance in Indonesia, as well as the study of historical memory.

She served as Director for Asia and Russia for the Ford Foundation international Fellowships Program from 2003-2013, after an appointment as the Ford Foundation’s Representative based in Jakarta from 1992-2000, where she headed field offices in Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines.

Prior experience with the Foundation included two appointments as program Officer for Education and Culture in Indonesia (1984-87) and India (1988-91). As a Foundation officer, Dr. Zurbuchen developed a number of scholarship award program, including the Asian Studies in Asia Fellowships Program, the Indonesian Culture and Society awards in graduate studies, and the East Timor Fellowships.

From 2000 to 2003, Dr. Zurbuchen was appointed as Visiting Professor in the International Institute, University of California, Los Angeles, also serving as Director of the UCLA’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies.

She is the author of a range of books and articles, including The Language of Balinese Shadow Theater (Princeton); Beginning to Remember: The Past in the Indonesian Present (University of Washington/Singapore University Press); Origins, Journeys and Returns: Social Justice in International Higher Education (SSRC/Columbia University Press, 2009); and Leadership for Social Justice in Higher Education (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)


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