XXIX TAGORE FESTIVAL, 2018
Saturday, September 29
Theme: 100 Years ofTagore’s Urbana Lectures on Nationalism
Keynote Lecture by Dr. Elleke Boehmer, Oxford University, England
“Tagore and World Literature”
The Festival, observed every year in honor of Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)– poet, dramatist, musician, philosopher, and humanist, who became the first non-European to receive the Nobel prize for literature in 1913 –commemorates the Nobel Laureate’s visit to the UIUC campus in 1912 when he delivered a series lectures at the Channing Murray Chapel.Tagore’s creative genius has been celebrated here over the years with novel presentations of music, art, poetry, prose and his overall philosophy. The Tagore Festival presents a unique, cross-cultural forum within which the Champaign-Urbana community explores not merely this rich heritage but the prophetic quality of Tagore’s work, which frequently lauded the connectedness of a global culture.