Upcoming “Minds” lecture will focus on Indonesian political history

Tuesday, March 29, 2004

Lacey, Wash. - Relive history as Saint Martin’s College political science professor Richard Langill, Ph.D., takes his audience to the Indonesia of the 1960s to explore “Sukarno, Suharto and the Abortive Communist Coup of Sept. 30, 1965”

The next Minds on the Millennium V presentation, featuring Langill, will be at 1:30 p.m. April 8 at Panorama City’s Quinault Auditorium, 1835 Circle Lane, Lacey. All presentations in the lecure series are free.

The attempted 1965 communist coup in Indonesia and the coup’s aftermath left as many as a million Indonesians slaughtered. Under Lieutenant-General Suharto, the Indonesian army took power to establish the “New Order.” Langill will retrace events surrounding the coup and subsequent takeover - and some of the contradictory explanations about them - at this presentation.

Langill, who did his doctoral thesis in international relations on military and economic development in Indonesia at Washington, D.C.’s American University, is chair of the Saint Martin’s College history/political science department. His areas of expertise include international relations, comparative politics, Asian studies and Middle East politics.

The Minds on the Millennium lecture series, launched in 2000 by Saint Martin’s College and neighboring Panorama City, promotes intellectual conversation and the exchange of ideas based on historical, philosophical and literary topics. For more information on Minds on the Millennium V, please call the college at (360) 491-4700.

For more information:
David Suter, Minds on the Millennium co-director
Professor of religious studies
360-438-4360 or dsuter@stmartin.edu

Veronica Kessler, Minds on the Millennium co-director
Panorama City activities director
360-438-7557

Deanna Partlow, media relations coordinator
Saint Martin’s Office of Communication
360-438-4541 or dpartlow@stmartin.edu