Dive deep into the arts and religion for three weeks in Java, the most populous island in Indonesia. In Java you will meet with local students of Gajah Mada University (UGM); create a batik shirt of your own design with the help of experts in Yogyakarta; visit and socialize with santri, the students of Pesantren Islamic boarding school; and visit Candi Borobudur and Candi Prambanan, some of the most famous ancient temples of Southeast Asia. In Solo, in central Java, learn about Confucianism in Indonesia.
In East Java, collaborate with students from University of Negeri Malang (UM) to present a topic related to a critical global issue such as gender equality, sustainability, or inclusivity in a symposium organized by UM. To contextualize the symposium topics, students will visit some related sites inluding Glintung Go Green village, where they have transformed a flood-prone village into a sustainable one. You will also visit Ngadas Village, located within the area of Tengger-Bromo-Semeru National Park about two hours from the city of Malang. There you will participate in a lecture discussion with three local religious leaders, representing the Buddhist, Hindu, and Muslim faiths. Since 2018, the Indonesian government has recognized six “official religions:” Islam, Protestantism, Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism. Discussions will focus on the efforts to create harmony among a pluralistic community with members of different faiths, and how to protect the environment from being exploited through the implementation of the adat-istiadat, traditional laws and orders. Further learnings will include various social issues within Indonesia such as gender equality from our guest lecturers at UM, which students may choose to focus on for their Independent Study Project.