By Kate Wright
Feb 22, 2012
Professor Nancy Florida was honored by the Indonesian Ambassador, Dr. Dino Patti Djalal at a special reception hosted by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies. Dr. Florida is Professor of Indonesian Languages and Literatures at the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, and she is expert on Javanese language, writing, history, and historiography. Her scholarship includes cataloguing the Royal Libraries of the Palaces of Surakarta, an important central Javanese city, from which she has drawn extensive historical data and important historical conclusions regarding the high colonial period of Java, roughly 1830 to its end in 1945.
The Ambassador Special Award for Outstanding Achievement in Education was presented to Dr. Florida for her “contribution towards building a deeper understanding and knowledge of the finer arts and meaning of Javanese Literature and Culture and its preservation,” as well as “her unbounded capacity and enthusiasm in sharing her insights on Indonesia with U.S. scholars, students, and the American public.” The Ambassador in addition commented that “Dr. Florida continues to play a crucial role in strengthening and elevating the ties of friendship between our two nations.”
The award ceremony, held at the University of Michigan’s International Institute, was attended by faculty, students, and administrators from the university, as well as by the Embassy delegation, including Dr. Dino Patti Djalal and Dr. Haryo Winarso, Education Attaché, and a delegation from the Indonesian Consulate General in Chicago, including Vice Consul Mr. Redo Ferdiansyah.
Much praise is due to Dr. Florida for her unflagging efforts to bring Javanese history, as the Javanese wrote it, into scholarly circulation. The Center for Southeast Asian Studies congratulates her.
CSEAS provides programming and resources on Southeast Asia to the university community and to the public. We welcome cooperation with regional governments, including Embassies and Consular offices, in fulfilling this mission.