10th World Tamil Conference to be held in Chicago

The 10th World Tamil Conference will be held in Chicago, July 3 to 7. The event is organized by the International Association of Tamil Research (IATR), Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America (FeTNA), and Chicago Tamil Sangam (CTS).

Billed as the largest gathering of the Tamil community outside India, this year’s event will commemorate several milestones including the 10th International Conference Seminar on Tamil Studies, the 32nd anniversary of Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America (FeTNA) and the Golden Jubilee celebration of the Chicago Tamil Sangam.

Organizers say they expect more than 4,000 participants for the 5-day event. Over 300 volunteers including program committees, thread chairs, reviewers, volunteers, and community partners have been working diligently for the event, according to a FeTNA press release.

According to the FeTNA website, FeTNA’s 32nd anniversary Tamil Vizha Convention and CTS Golden Jubilee celebrations will be held on July 4 and 5, while the Tamil research conference will be held on July 6 and 7.

The focus of the conference will be “New Historicist, Scientific and Comparative Study of the Antiquity of the Tamils, Tamil Language, Literature, Culture and Civilization”.

The research subjects will include, Classical Tamil literature Sangam literature, ancient Tamil civilization, Tholkappiam, Thirukural, contributions of Tamil scholars, Tamil music and performing arts, modern Tamil literature and Tamil language and linguistics.

Over 120 Tamil scholars, several notable celebrities including government officials, political leaders as well as Tamil enthusiasts, including Stalin Gunasekaran, Prof. Solomon Pappaiah, Pattimandram Raja, Bharathi Baskar and others are expected to attened the event.

Highlights include two networking events - Global Tamil Entrepreneur Network (GTEN) and Continued Medical Education (CME).

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