Hendrix-Murphy Programs in Literature and Language

Enrichment and Enhancement

Beyond public events, Hendrix-Murphy Foundation programming provides Hendrix students and faculty with a myriad of opportunities in literature and language:

Campus Opportunities 

  • Language House—on-campus residence where students immerse themselves in a target language by speaking it exclusively while cooking, dining, and living collectively “at home”
  • Language Commons—campus-based immersive experiences, from cooking to games to festival observances, that enhance the classroom language learning
  • Playwriting Contest—a professionally judged student and alumni competition for best dramatic script, with prizes and production opportunities for the winners
  • ShopTalk—informal, interactive craft discussions with published writers         
  • Word Garden—student reading series: readings of original works in poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction, fortnightly on Thursday nights in the Murphy House
  • Literary competitions—awards in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, decided by professional writers, for work of exceptional merit in the campus literary magazine
  • Literary discussion groups—opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to converse in depth about books of particular interest
  • Interaction with visiting writers
  • Peer tutoring, mentoring international students, and local outreach through literature and language

Off-Campus Opportunities

  • Faculty-led Study/Travel in Literature and Language
    • Summer Language Programs—immersive study in Madrid, Shanghai, and Tours
    • Literary archives trips—guided research on original manuscripts by well-known authors
    • Writing or language immersion retreats
    • Literary and language research trips
    • Course-linked travel and field trips
  • Independent Study/Travel in Literature and Language
    • Dramaturgy internships at area theatres
    • Publishing, editing, or writing internships
    • Studying at summer writing institutes
    • Presenting or reading at literary conferences
    • Participating in translation conferences
  • Study Abroad Scholarships—supporting students studying literature and language at academic institutions around the world
  • Community engagement in Literature and Language—support for volunteer projects that use literature and language skills to improve life in the community beyond Hendrix