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Leader in Indonesian Language and Literature to join UC Riverside

New Faculty to Establish a New Program in Southeast Asian Studies

(February 24, 2003)

Hendrik M. J. Maier, a recognized international leader in the field of Indonesian Language and Literature, has joined the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at UC Riverside to establish a new Program in Southeast Asian Studies.

In addition to the Senior Faculty appointment of Maier, Mariam Beevi Lam, who works on Vietnamese and Vietnamese textual and cinematic productions, has joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor.

The Henry Luce Foundation awarded a $400,000 grant to the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at UC Riverside in support of the development of the Program in Southeast Asian Studies. Dr. Maier holds the first “Luce Senior Professorship” at UC Riverside.

Prof. Maier held the world’s most prestigious chair in Southeast Asian Studies at Leiden University in Holland prior to joining UC Riverside. He has taught at Kyoto University, Cornell University, and UCLA as a distinguished visiting professor. The addition of Prof. Maier promises to move UC Riverside to the top of the rankings in the area of Indonesian Studies.

“Professor Maier is one of the most prominent and respected students of language, culture, and politics in the international community of Southeast Asian scholars and scholarship. His presence at UC Riverside will be a jewel in our crown,” said Dean Patricia O’Brien, who leads the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, the home of the new Program in Southeast Asian Studies.

As a new resident of Southern California, Prof. Maier hopes to forge strong relationships with Southeast Asian community leaders and invites members of the community to come to campus and learn more about the new program.

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