American Dreaming at UMM

Author : Humas | Thursday, November 19, 2009
American Dreaming 

           Laban Carick Hill, a talented writer from the United States presented at the University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM). Located in rector courtroom, Monday (10/5), Laban shared story about his book America Dreaming. This various awards winner, told the participants consisting of university students and senior and vocational high school teachers of Malang Raya. The event held jointly by the Consulate General of United States with American Corner (Amcor) of UMM managed to anesthetize the participants, especially the young people to dream of changing the world and provide a legacy for future generations.

           The 1960s became the setting of the award-winning book which achieved award The 2007 Parenting Publications Gold Award. According to him, the 1960s had a big contribution in making the U.S. just like today. The book told about how the youth of the U.S. performed a peaceful revolution. Changes called for at the time brought a big enough impact for the U.S which led to peace, equality and mutual respect. This book questions the hippie culture, nationalism of the feminist movement.

           One of them was young people’s desire to erode the differences in skin color. There was an assumption in American society that the white people were leaders, the yellow people were followers and the black people were slaves. It is also about how the teenagers were at the forefront of social change of that era.

           The assumptions were gradually eroded. Laban gave an example, the election of Barrack Obama as U.S. president became a benchmark that the U.S. has appreciated differences. However, Laban also did not dismiss that not all in the U.S. are ideal. For example, U.S. applies differences in salaries of women and men. "The difference is, man is valued for $ 1 and woman is only for 0.75 USD," he said.

           It is inevitable that in every country there is always a difference, not even in the U.S. which probably would have a negative impact. It is not about looking for perfection, but how there are always improvements that can be retrieved by the next generation. "Not all are ideal and perfect in the U.S., but progress to refine is the most important thing," he concluded.

Meanwhile, Chief of Bureau of Foreign Cooperation of UMM, Soeparto, said that Laban Hill's arrival was expected to give inspiration to young people. Not all the things owned by the U.S. can be reference and are ideal. Besides, the book was expected to be right to convey the social mission of U.S. culture in Indonesia. Through the event, it was expected that Indonesia to learn how the culture and history could lead the United States in taking the policy today.

At almost adjacent time, Friday, (10/9) at the same place, Amcor held Engineering Education from Utah State University. This time, there was a presented speaker Kunardi Lawanto from Utah University.

         Kunardi transmitted teaching pattern at Utah State University to the representative participants of state or private universities. Learning pattern applied there is more focused on student interests. Introduction to engineering has been awarded since students are in the kindergarten. The hope is that the exact science which has been considered "the specter" becomes fun thing, not a compulsion. That afternoon, Kunardi touched on learning pattern in Indonesia which is considered too integral. Each child is required to follow all the subjects which are considered as trial and error, not to be focused on students' interests and talents. (rka/t_alf)

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