Pada hari Kamis (12/2) Jurnal Perempuan menghadiri Prize Awarding Ceremony yang diadakan oleh ISRSF (The Indonesian Scholarship and Research Support Foundation). Acara yang diselenggarakan di kantor ISRSF, Graha Iskandarsyah ini diadakan dalam rangka pengumuman pemenang dan pemberian hadiah atas 2014 Indonesian History Essay Competition and Essay Competition for Indonesian Women yang dibuat oleh ISRSF. Dalam acara itu, dewan juri Indonesian History Essay Competition, yang terdiri dari Prof. Peter Carey (Universitas Indonesia dan Oxford University), Prof. Bambang Purwanto (Universitas Gadjah Mada) dan Dr. Baskara Wardaya (Universitas Sanata Dharma), berhasil memutuskan tiga pemenang dan tiga Honorable Mention dari 36 esai yang masuk. Ketiga pemenang itu adalah Sammy Kanadi dengan tulisan berjudul “The Ethical Policy and Indonesian Nationalism”, Norman Joshua Soelias dengan esai berjudul “The Price of Containment: Marshall Plan and the Mutual Security Program in Indonesia, 1948-1952. Terakhir, Hendri Yulius Wijaya dengan tulisan berjudul “Women, Islam, and National Building Examining Transnational Frictions of Indonesia’s Early Feminism.”
As part of our endeavor to recruit the most promising candidates for Arryman Fellowship, in 2014 ISRSF conducts two essay competitions. The Prize Awarding Ceremony to the essay Winners and Honorable Mention were held on Thursday, February 12, 2015. The ceremony were attended by the Media, The Panel Judges, Foundation Board Member, The Winners and Honorable mention.
In the fall of 2014, the Arryman Fellows and Scholars had an opportunity to study with Prof. Rudolf Mrazek, emeritus professor from the University of Michigan, who was in residence at Northwestern University as the EDGS Rajawali Scholar in Residence. Prof. Mrazek is one of the world's leading scholars of Indonesian history.
ISRSF invites young college graduates to participate in Indonesian History Essay Competition and Essay Competition for Indonesian Women. The Essay Competition Committee offers prizes – Rp 10,000,000, Rp 8,000,000 and 6,000,000 – to three winners of each competition. In addition, all winners are eligible to become shortlisted candidates for 2015 Arryman Fellows selection in March 2015, if they wish.
Rahardhika Utama, Muhammad Fajar, and Gde Metera presented their working papers at the MCAA & SWCAS joint conference, October 3-5 2014, in Kansas University, Lawrence. The event was the first experience for the three Arryman Scholars to present their paper in an academic conference in the US. They are grateful to receive many constructive feedbacks for their papers and are thrilled for the suggestion to publish in various suitable scholarly journals.
The journey to find a new home might be disorienting, especially when we finally face culture shock and feel disconnected from our surroundings. One of the objectives of the ISI is to ease the transition and help us to negotiate barriers so that we can adjust more quickly. Well, a long list of social activities in ISI actually did the job, because we didn’t have much time to feel lonely.
Some of ISI's social events: Picnic at Botanic Garden (left), Ravinia Music Festival (center), and Bonfire Night (right)
Some people say that home is where the heart is. It is not just about the sense of belonging to a place or a person, but also following our bliss, doing what we like. Sometimes, “walking home” involves moving to another country, adopting a new culture, and speaking a foreign language. This process would be easier if we had a guide and a friend to accompany us in this journey.
Perhaps this is the primary role of the International Summer Institute (ISI); not only to ease the transition of international students to life in the United States, but also to help them feel that they belong in their new home.
Before the Fall Quarter of 2014/2015 academic year kicks off, EDGS signed me up to attend a full four-week program organized by Northwestern University’s International Summer Institute (ISI) from July 28 to September 4. The program was filled with both serious and fun activities for effective North American English learning, and moreover, adapting to U.S. culture and academic standards. This year’s instruction was rather special because it not only consisted of the most fun cohort of 46 international graduate students, but also marked the 15th anniversary of ISI.
Perhaps it was part of ISI’s tradition to divide the program into 5 main sessions: English Class Instruction, Practica, Learn-By-Doing Workshop, Social Events,and Integration Conference. The following points were based on my personal experience with ISI.
During the period of my one-month commitment with the International Summer Institute’s series of academic English programs, I had a wonderful experience attending an event to meet and greet one of Illinois’ state representatives. Together with colleagues, Yoes from Indonesia and Yi-Shu from Mainland China (PhD candidate in Statistics), we went to a wine store near the Jarvis CTA station, simply 15 minutes away from campus by train. The following post will comment on the organizer, activity, and my post-event reflection based on my field observation.