Panelists on site at Wesleyan University
Sri Hastanto, senior lecturer at the Indonesian Institute of the Arts (ISI) in Surakarta, holds a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from the University of Durham, England. For many years he held leadership positions at ISI and in the government cultural offices in Jakarta: Director of ISI (1986-1997); Director for the Arts Department Education and Culture (1999-2001); and Director General for Culture Value, Art, and Film Department of Culture and Tourism (2001-2006). Dr. Hastanto lectures in Indonesia and abroad on various topics, including modern arts and traditions, cultural policies, and regional musics. He has carried out research of music throughout the archipelago, producing seven CDs of music from many Indonesian regions.
Waridi Harjakusuma holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from the University of Gadjah Mada. Since 1985 he teaches theory of karawitan (gamelan and vocal music) at the Indonesian Institute of the Arts (ISI) in Surakarta. In 2006 he was promoted to Guru Besar (professor). He published and edited 14 books and composed more than 30 gamelan compositions. He gained much reputation as speaker at many seminars in Indonesia and abroad, including delivering the keynote lecture at the Gamelan Festival in Amsterdam in 2007. He was Chair of the karawitan major program and Past-Assistant Director II of ISI. Presently he is Director of Graduate Studies.
I Made Bandem is a dancer, choreographer, author, and educator. He studied Balinese dance since an early age. He earned his M.A. in Dance Ethnology from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), and a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University. I Made Bandem’s academic career includes 16 years as Director of the Indonesia College of the Arts (ASTI/STSI) Denpasar, and 9 years as Rector of the Indonesia Institute of the Arts (ISI) Yogyakarta. As a scholar he has lectured at various conferences, and also published many articles and books concerning music, dance, and arts in general. He has received many distinctions, including the International Music Council Award from UNESCO in 1994, Dharma Kusuma from the Government of Bali in 1995, and the HABIBIE Award for his outstanding contribution to the development of Arts in Indonesia in 2003. In 2006 he received the KOIZUMI Award in Ethnomusicology for his outstanding contribution in preserving traditional music of Indonesia. Presently, he is Visiting Professor in Balinese Music, Dance, and Theatre at College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA.