D-FW donors give biggest contribution to Harvard chair in Tamil literature


By Holly Haber

In mid-December, the Dallas-Fort Worth Tamil community gave $500,000 to help establish a chair in Tamil literature at Harvard University.

When I first read the email carrying this news, I had no clue that Tamil is one of the oldest surviving classical languages and boasts a body of poetry and literature that dates back over 2,000 years. It’s spoken by more than 70 million people who are primarily in southern India, Sri Lanka and Malaysia.

Here was another eye-opener: The Dallas-Fort Worth contribution was the single biggest contribution to the Harvard Tamil chair from any American metropolitan area, according to Sriram Krishnan, who served on the DFW Harvard Tamil Chair Organization Committee. Read more

Source: Dallas News