Greetings from the Executive Director
For Indonesians, Kartini Day is arguably a more worthy cause to celebrate women’s emancipation than other similar commemorations. On April 21, we celebrate the birth of the 19th century Javanese princess who opened the door for women to be educated and thus progress in society. This year, it… Read more>>
by John McGlynn: Confession
The recent conflagration at and partial ruin of Notre Dame Cathedral reminded me of “confession” and the role that it has played in my life. I will come back to Notre Dame later but after I received my First Communion in 1958, most every late Saturday afternoon would find me and my older…Read more>>

Author of the Month:
Putu Wijaya
Putu Wijaya or I Gusti Ngurah Putu Wijaya, (Tabanan, Bali, April 11, 1944) is an extremely versatile writer. He writes dramas, short stories, essays, novels, poetry and film and television scripts, and also paints. He founded and has led the Mandiri theater group since 1971. He has worked as a…Read more>>
Book of the Month:
Putu Wijaya’s debut novel, Telegram, was a literary trendsetter for its synthesis of reality and fantasy. Unapologetically disorienting, the text offers a compelling portrait of Jakarta and Bali in the early 1970s. The novel’s first-person narrator is a Balinese journalist living in Jakarta who…Read more>>

April Activities

Visit by Amanda Bensel from Asia Foundation, San Fransisco, USA and Dewi Metyasari from Asia Foundation in Jakarta.

Every year Lontar supports a number of student activities such as seminars and workshops at their universities. This seminar on journalism was held at the University of Pembangunan Nasional Veteran Jakarta.


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