Indonesian president meets Eden in the East author

Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has met with Oxford professor Stephen Oppenheimer whose book Eden in the East proposes an alternative theory to the peopling of the Pacific to the conventional out-of-Taiwan model, based on the rising and falling of sea levels in the early Holocene.

SBY meets with controversial Oxford professor
Jakarta Post, 02 February 2012

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono met with Stephen Oppenheimer, a British pediatrician, geneticist, and prehistoric humanity expert from the Green Templeton College in Oxford, at the State Palace on Thursday.

Oppenheimer, who has been widely known for his controversial book Eden in the East: The Drowned Continent of Southeast Asia, came to the palace at the president’s request as he will be one of the members of an organizing committee for the upcoming International Conference and Summer School on Indonesian Studies (ICSSIS).

The event, which will be the fourth international conference hosted by the University of Indonesia’s School of Indonesian Language, is expected to be held in Bali from Feb. 9 to 10.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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