Tamil Language Publication
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For more on the current state, as well as the future of, Tamil studies at Berkeley, please visit UC Berkeley's Tamil website
The UC Berkeley Tamil program is a part of the Department of South and Southeast Asian Languages. It has existed since 1973 and for the past 15 years has benefited enormously from the Tamil Chair Endowment, which was raised by the Tamil community. The Chair in Tamil Studies was established in November 1997, with help from the academic and Tamil-American communities, to insure the continued teaching of Tamil language and literature in the United States and to encourage the use of state-of-the-art technology in the study of Tamil.
The current chair-holder is George L. Hart III, Professor of Tamil, in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies.However, after teaching for 40 years, Professor Hart retired officially in summer, 2009 and is currently teaching half-time. He continues to remain the Tamil Chair holder and will do so until summer, 2011. Fortunately, the University has agreed to replace the Tamil professorial position, with the search for a new professor to take place in the academic year of 2011-12, and the new professor to begin teaching in fall, 2012. Those involved in raising the funds for the Tamil Chair at Berkeley will remember that one of our chief aims was to insure that Tamil program at Berkeley would continue forever.
The Tamil Chair endowment and the support of the California Tamil community were critical factors in persuading the University to replace the Tamil position in spite of the difficult fiscal environment. All of us who love Tamil are grateful to the local Tamil community for their continuing support and for endowing the Tamil Chair. The endowment, originally $400,000, is now worth $800,000, and it will remain as an indispensable part of the Berkeley Tamil program in perpetuity.
Led by Professor Hart and Kausalya Hart, Tamil courses are open to students who know some Tamil. Classes are small and are customized to the needs and interests of students. Kausalya Hart has also written, Tamil for Beginners, one of the definitive textbooks for the teaching of Tamil in North America.
SInce 2005, every year Berkeley has hosted an annual conference on Tamil studies that has brought together the leading scholars and academics focusing on Tamil studies. This conference is now counted among some of the most inportant academic conferences in this field.
|Introductory Tamil 1A |
|Readings in Tamil 101A|
|Seminar in Tamil Literature 210A |