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Tamil Chair at Harvard University

“We are very pleased to convey to you our desire to support the establishment of the first Sangam Professorship in Tamil Studies at Harvard University. We are thrilled to work with the Tamil community towards this shared goal. This effort will require a total commitment of $6 million”.

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ஹார்வர்ட் தமிழ் இருக்கைக்கு டல்லாஸில் 5 லட்சம் டாலர்கள் நிதி உதவி!

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Statement by Prof. David Shulman

Dr. David Shulman – Indologist. Professor of Humanistic Studies
– The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Author of 'Tamil – A Biography'
The initiative to found a Chair for Tamil studies at Harvard is a very welcome one, long overdue. Tamil is one of the world's major languages, and the only South Asian language to have evolved continuously from a very ancient past (some 2000 years of astonishing cultural activity) while remaining a living contemporary language spoken by tens of millions of people.

Its literary tradition is among the finest in human civilization, encompassing marvelous love poetry, epic, philosophical texts, the reflexive sciences of grammar, logic, and poetics, historiography, and an enormous religious literature. An infrastructure for Tamil already exists at Harvard; a chair in Tamil will formalize this humanistic field there and impact upon the study of South Asian civilization in other major academic centers throughout the world.

A great university that offers deep study of Chinese, Arabic, Greek, Hebrew, Persian, and many other critically important languages should find a place for Tamil, which belongs in this prestigious series. In a period when chairs in Tamil studies are endangered in several important universities, for the usual reasons, the creation of a Chair for Tamil at Harvard would be a signal to the academic world that south Indian civilization matters, and that Tamil itself merits the depth of scholarly interest that Harvard, perhaps more than any other institution, can provide.

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Why Tamil Chair?

Why Harvard for Tamil Chair?

Harvard Tamil Chair

First Sangam Professorship in Tamil Studies at Harvard University

What is

Tamil chair?

Effort to promote the significance of Tamil language studies

Need for a

Tamil chair?

To represent a great prestige for Tamil in Harvard University

Why at

Harvard?

Harvard provides a great opportunity for Tamil scholars

Benefits of

Tamil chair?

Tamil language’s legacy to survive and grow.

Once the Chair
is endowed,

Tamil will be taught as long as Harvard University exists.

Harvard University has reviewed and accepted a proposal to institute a “Sangam Tamil Chair” in the Department of South Asian Studies with the primary focus on the studies of the Tamil Sangam Literature.

 
 

Honourable Donors

Canadian Tamil Sangam Donor

Tamil Canadians Support the Establishment of Tamil Chair in Harvard University

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Speech by

Jonathan Ripley

Jonathan Ripley's Tamil Speech @ FeTNA 2016 - NewJersey

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Communications with Harvard University

A Letter from Harvard University!
Sangam Professorship in Tamil Information
Sangam Tamil Chair at Harvard University!

Need for a Tamil Chair?

Tamil language has one of the oldest written traditions in all of Asia and boasts a rich body of literary work dating back 2,500 years.
Currently, Tamil is the 20th most commonly-spoken language (by 80 million people) in the world, with vibrant literatures for over 2 thousand years.