Enrichment Programs 2014-2015

These programs aim to enrich and enhance the study of literature and language in a variety of ways, from visiting faculty, to writing competitions, to foreign language immersion in a campus residence, to study abroad, to faculty/student discussion groups.

VISITING FACULTY. The Foundation brings outstanding visiting faculty to teach classes in creative writing, theatre, and language, as well as to work with students outside the classroom.

Visiting Creative Writer. Kevin Brockmeier, a visiting resident guest writer in the spring semester teaches "Science Fiction and Fantasy," a creative writing course.

Visiting Assistant Chinese Language Professor. Wenjia Liu teaches Chinese language and culture and serves as a resource for students and faculty while at Hendrix.

Visiting Theatre Director. Freddie Ashley, Artistic Director of Actor’s Express Theatre in Atlanta, directs a student production of Moisés Kaufman’s The Laramie Project. Ashley visits theatre and other classes and works with students and faculty on a variety of projects during the spring semester.

Visiting Playwriting Instructor. Writer, director, and theatre instructor Werner Trieschmann teaches playwriting courses.

CREATIVE WRITING PROGRAM. English Department Professors Ty Jaeger and Hope Coulter teach creative writing courses and coordinate creative writing workshops and other activities outside the classroom, such as Word Garden readings and ShopTalk craft lectures.

GERMAN HOUSE. Students immerse themselves in a foreign language—German this year—by speaking it exclusively while "at home."

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM. The Writing Center strengthens Hendrix’s commitment to writing in every field of study. The Center, located in the College’s Bailey Library, is available to assist students with their writing assignments in any class. Peer tutors offer editing advice to facilitate the writing process. As Hendrix’s international student community grows, the Center continues to support the mastery of English as a second language.

WRITING AND OTHER COMPETITIONS. Writing competitions encourage students and alumni to strive for excellence in their written work.

Literary Contest. First, second, and third place cash prizes are awarded in each of three genres--poetry, prose, and literary hybrids--to work submitted to Hendrix's student literary/art magazine, the Aonian.

Student and Alumni Playwriting Contests. Current and former Hendrix College students are eligible to participate in one of two contests. Plays must be original and must never have been published or produced on the stage or in any other venue. Deadline is December 12, 2014. Playwrights of exceptional entries receive honoraria, as recommended by the judge, and winning plays may be produced as dramatic readings on Hendrix’s Cabe Theatre stage.

OPPORTUNITIES ABROAD. Students and faculty pursue a wide range of activities that extend their study of literature and language far beyond the campus.

Study Abroad Scholarships. Scholarships support students studying literature and language on university campuses in Germany, India, Argentina, Thailand, Ireland, Austria, Spain, Malta, and the Czech Republic.

Hendrix in Madrid. Eight students pursue intensive summer course work in Spanish language and literature while exploring cultural sites and locales of Madrid and the surrounding countryside.

Hendrix in Tours. Eight students attend a four-week summer language program in French while experiencing the culture, art, and music of Tours.

British Studies at Oxford. For six weeks in the summer, Hendrix students live and study at St. John's College at Oxford University, taking literary seminars in a historic setting.

ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES AND MATERIALS. A variety of programs and materials enhances learning in and out of the classroom.

English Department Discussion Series. Students and faculty talk informally about the discipline and opportunities for advanced study.

Literary Archives Research Trip. English department students travel with a faculty member to a literary archive to conduct research.

Faulkner Pilgrimage. Students in the William Faulkner seminar class travel to Oxford, Mississippi, to tour the Nobel laureate’s home and environs, from which much of his writing derives.

 Foreign Language Activities. French conversation classes with a native speaker, German games and holiday celebrations, Chinese conversation hour, and Spanish-language dinners create unique opportunities for students to experience and enjoy the cultures of the languages they study.