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Lustrum: Literary Person, Faculty of Letters, and Global Citizen

Faculty of Letters’ Lustrum Webinar

In commemoration of the 30th Dies Natalis, the Faculty Letters of Sanata Dharma conducted a webinar with the theme “Tanggung Jawab Insan Sastra Sebagai Global Citizen dalam Merespon Permasalahan Dunia” on April 3rd, from 09.00-11.30 a.m. The webinar has two sessions and was moderated by FX. Risang Baskara, M.Hum. and was attended by more than two hundred participants.

In the first session, the webinar was opened by a speaker from Gadjah Mada University Prof. Heddy Shri Ahimsa-Putra, M.A., M.PhilPh.D. who discussed the connection between ethnography and literature. He explained how ethnography could be continuous with literature and recommended a book on the development of literary ethnography by Claude Levi-Strauss.

The second session was led by a lecturer of Sanata Dharma Prof. Dra. Novita Dewi, M.S., M.A. (Hons.), Ph.D.  The theme of her segment was “Mencintai Indonesia, Merawat Sastra.” Discussions about genres in literature, periods of literature in Indonesia, and Indonesian authors were some of the key points to summarize the second segment.

In her discussion, she recommended five books that are considered mandatory for literary persons.  Those books included:

  1. Aku by Sjuman Djaya
  2. Orang-Orang Bloomington by Budi Darma
  3. Ronggeng Dukuh Paruk by Ahmad Tohari
  4. Dari Ave Maria ke Jalan Lain ke Roma by Idrus
  5. Bumi Manusia by Pramoedya Ananta Toer


Rm. Heri Setyawan, S.J., S.S., M.A., the Person in Charge (PIC) of this webinar, stated that the selection of this theme was raised from our awareness as people who studied literature and who were sensitive to issues in the world. We needed to respond to these issues in a way we could channel our abilities and understanding. 

“The process of selecting the theme of this 6th Lustrum is by searching for a contextual theme. This theme was chosen because this theme reflects our role as a literary person as part of the Faculty of Letters and also as a global citizen,” Rm. Heri Setyawan stated.

The significance of this webinar’s theme as a part of the Lustrum series is a reminder that a literary person is also part of a global citizen with the same responsibility to contribute knowledge to solve global concerns. This topic was selected with the hope that literary people can realize their position and presence as global citizens to have the responsibility to contribute in solving global concerns with an academic and educated point of view.


Journalist: Valentina Pascalia & Erica Rafaella

Editor: Yohana Satvika Wahyuveda, Ruth Tirza Arina (QC)

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