Yogyakarta- For human life, 65 years old is categorised as elderly. However, for an institution, 65 years brought pride, it is the age when one can stabilize itself to go ahead and develop. Based on the expectation, theme of Humanity Sciences, Globalization, and Identity Representation is raised as the theme of the 65th Anniversary of Faculty of Cultural Sciences UGM. Many activities are held to enliven the anniversary this time.
According to Drs. Sudibyo, M.Hum., Committee Chairman, a series of events has been started with blood donor on Wednesday, 16 February 2011. Besides, to strengthen communication between fields in the Faculty, Lecturers' Seminar was also held on Wednesday, 23 February 2011. “To start the series of events of anniversary, previously we had already blood donor and lecturer's seminar,” said Sudibyo, Friday (25/2). A visit to the cemetery where UGM predecessors were laid to rest was also conducted on Thursday, 4 February 2011, followed by all members of Faculty including retired staff who once worked here. “A visit will be held on Sunday, 27 February,” he said.
As real contribution to establish good relation with alumni, a Seminar is held for alumni and stakeholders, presenting speakers from many elements of society such as bureaucrats, practitioners, academicians, and businessmen. The speakers include Deputy Chairman of Indonesian People’s Consultative Council, Hajriyanto Y. Tohari, M.A., Indonesian Ambassador to Emirate Arab Union, Drs. M. Wahid Supriyadi, Rector of Tanjung Pura University, Prof. Dr. Chairil Effendy, and Secretary General of Directorate General of History and Heritage, Drs. Soeroso M.P., S.U.
Furthermore, the Faculty cooperating with Alumni Association of Literature and Culture (Ikasasdaya) will hold Alumni Gathering Night on 2 March 2011 at 18.00-21.00 hrs at the Faculty. “Besides, we have expo and bazaar displaying woven clothes as our contribution to preserve the national culture. The event will be held at Koesnadi Hardjasoemantri Cultural Center from 2-5 March 2011,” said lecturer of Indonesian Literature Department.
The theme on woven cloth is raised because it is one of rich culture that is owned by every tribe in Indonesia. It is different from batik which is already acknowledged by Unesco, woven cloth is feared to be extinct or recognized by another country if it does not get attention. It deserves to be raised as the theme because it is not only a cloth, but also a sign of gender, social status, ritual apparel, and maturity and identity marker for women in economy. The expo also displays varied woven collections in terms of motifs, age, price, origin, and uniqueness. “The expo and bazaar are open for the public,” Sudibyo said.
Besides, as a Faculty which has colleagues and students from many countries, the Faculty will also hold International Festival of Culture and Culinary on 3 March 2011 at 12.00-16.00 hrs.
The peak of the 65th Anniversary and also the 13th Lustrum will see anniversary ceremony on 3 March 2011 at 08.00-12.00 at Koesnadi Hardjasoemantri Cultural Center UGM. Prof. Dr. P.M. Laksono will deliver a speech entitled Humanity Sciences, Globalization and Identity Representation.