Idrek for Humanity is a collaboration of language scholars from three leading universities in Malang: Ika Nurhayani, Ph.D (Universitas Brawijaya), Nurenzia Yannuar, Ph.D (Universitas Negeri Malang) and Wawan Eko Yulianto, Ph.D (Universitas Ma Chung). Ika Nurhayani, Ph.D graduated from Cornell University in 2014, Nurenzia Yannuar,Ph.D earned her master’s degree from Ohio University in 2010 and her Ph.D from Leiden University in 2019 and Wawan Eko Yulianto, Ph.D earned his master’s and Ph.D from the University of Arkansas.
For its first event, Idrek for Humanity held an online discussion entitled Screen Capturing Malang, in which the founders of Idrek Humanity spoke about literary works set in Malang. The event was held by Universitas Negeri Malang, in collaboration with AIFIS, Universitas Brawijaya and Universitas Ma Chung on Saturday, October 2, 2021, at 09.00-11.10 via Zoom. Yulianto spoke about various literary works with Malang setting, Yannuar spoke about the use of Bahasa Walikan (local youth language marked with word-reversal) in literary works, and Nurhayani discussed about looking at poems about Malang with linguistic insight. The event was attended by 82 participants from Universitas Negeri Malang, Universitas Brawijaya, Universitas Ma Chung (Malang), Universitas Khairun (Ternate), Kompas, IAIN Metro (Lampung), STKIP PGRI Banjarmasin, and MTS Tarbiyatul Iman (Sumenep).