In 1967, on Bloomsday — June 16 — in Dublin, Ireland, the International James Joyce Foundation was established, at the First International James Joyce Symposium. The purposes of the International James Joyce Foundation are to encourage scholarship, criticism, and study of the life, work, and career of the writer whom many regard as the preeminent figure in modern literature, and to enable scholars, critics, teachers, students, and general readers to meet, correspond, learn from one another, and help each other achieve a greater appreciation and understanding of his work. The IJJF is affiliated with the English Department of The University of Tulsa through Professor Sean Latham.