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The Twenty-Fifth Annual Tagore Festival

December 7, 2013
Urbana, Illinois

Tagore: The Rebel from the East

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Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore
1861-1941

 

 

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Twenty-Fifth Annual Tagore Festival

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Location: Channing Murray Foundation, 1209 W. Oregon Street, Urbana

All events are open to the public and free of charge except for the dinner.

4:00 - 5:00 pm

Reception
Opening song at 5:00 pm

5:15 - 6:15 pm

Keynote Speech
Tagore the Feminist
Professor Kathi Kern, University of Kentucky

Professor Kern’s talk will focus on the how Rabindranath Tagore’s writings were deployed by American suffragettes to challenge the hegemony of Western gender relations. Specifically, she will discuss Clara Colby, the long-time editor of The Woman’s Tribune, who read Tagore in translation extensively; the play Chitra (based on the character Chitrangada) prompted her to entitle one of her manuscripts ‘Tagore the Feminist.’ Professor Kern will discuss in detail the historical context of Colby’s ‘discovery’ of Tagore, analyzing Colby’s place in a long list of Americans who were influenced by Indian philosophy and literature.

Professor Kathi Kern teaches history at the University of Kentucky.  Professor Kern's research centers on the women's rights movement in nineteenth-century America and focuses particularly on the ways in which politics, gender, and religion have mixed to create new ideological positions and social change in the United States. She is the author of numerous articles as well as the book, Mrs. Stanton's Bible (Cornell University Press).  This work was selected by Choice Magazine as an Outstanding Academic Book for 2001.  

6:15 pm Cultural Program
East Central Illinois Bengali Association
7:15 pm Performance
Mithya: The Indian Dramatic Society
7:30 pm Catered Dinner (vegetarian and non-vegetarian)
$15 for adults; $13 for students; $10 for children (6-12 years)
Please make reservations with payment by November 30. Make checks payable to ‘Tagore Festival.’ The dinner is a Tagore Festival highlight and is often sold out. It will be a professionally catered dinner with appetizer, pilaf and bread, five courses, and dessert.
(See contacts below for reservations.)

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Related Resource

UIUC Library Web site on Tagore: http://uiuc.libguides.com/content.php?pid=533668&sid=4389346

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Contacts

Tagore Festival Poster

Tagore Festival poster 2013

Visit previous Tagore Festivals

History

A short history of the Tagore Festival

Directions

Directions to the Channing-Murray Foundation

Sponsors

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Graphic arts by Manideepa Sengupta