Hendrix-Murphy Programs in Literature and Language

2012-2013 Events




September 7, 2012, 7:30 p.m., Cabe Theatre

Playwright's Theatre: Conduit

OConnellPlaywright's Theatre, an extension of the Foundation's Playwriting Contest, produces dramatic readings of new plays by current or former Hendrix students. Cast, crew, and director are also Hendrix alumni and students. 

Conduit by James Mainard O'Connell (Hendrix class of 2003) follows the experience of Lisa Thomas, a young journalist, as she works to uncover the truth about the death of a black teenager in New Brunswick, New Jersey, during the 2008 election season. An audience and cast discussion will follow the reading. Co-sponsored by the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance.



September 20, 2012, 7:30 p.m., Reves Recital Hall

"Alchemy and Middle English Literature"

A professor of English Literature at Montevallo University, Stephanie Batkie focuses on reading practices in the Middle Ages, especially how the texts required diligent and difficult reading that encouraged spiritual meditation. Her work on alchemical writings has uncovered the role reading plays in the healing process, both spiritually and physically.  



October 23, 2012, 7:30 p.m., Staples Auditorium

"Creative Non-Fiction: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" 

SklootKeynote speaker Rebecca Skloot will introduce this year's programs with a discussion of the bioethics and controversy surrounding the first immortal human cell line, HeLa, explored in her New York Times best-selling book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Skloot is an award-winning writer who has written over 200 articles, news stories, personal essays, and book reviews, appearing in numerous leading publications. She is co-editor of The Best American Science Writing2011, has been a correspondent for PBS's Nova ScienceNOW and NPR's Radiolab, and is the president and founder of the Henrietta Lacks Foundation.





November 1, 2012, 11:10 a.m., Murphy Seminar Room

"Director's Discussion: Anatomy of Gray"  

Virginia Smith, Murphy Visiting Theatre Director, will discuss her interpretation of Anatomy of Gray by Jim Leonard. [See November 7 - 10, 2012, for play performance schedule.]


 November 7 - 10, 2012, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Cabe Theatre

Anatomy of Gray by Jim Leonard  

 SmithVirginia Smith, this year's Murphy Visiting Theatre Director, will direct a student theatrical production of Jim Leonard's Anatomy of Gray. In this magical coming of age story, a doctor is thrust upon the town of Gray, answering the prayers of fifteen-year-old June Muldoon. Virginia Smith has just completed her 8th year as the Artistic Director of the Nebraska Repertory Theatre. She is the head of Graduate and Undergraduate Directing at University of Nebraska-Lincoln and runs the M.F.A. Program in Directing for Stage and Screen. Her directing credits include God of Carnage, Church Basement Ladies, Vino Veritas, Santaland Diaries, Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins, Metamorphoses, Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol, Omnium Gatherum, Crimes of the Heart Dinnertime, The Voice of the Prairie, Romeo and Juliet, Ride Down Mount Morgan, Hamlet, Judevine, and Marisol. In addition to directing, Virginia has adapted former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser's Local Wonders for the stage.



 November 13, 2012, 7:30 p.m., Reves Recital Hall  

"Writing as Remedy"

RichardMark Richard is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, poet, and screenwriter. Having spent much of his childhood in charity hospitals, he turned to reading for solace and to writing for therapy, becoming a champion to the broken and disabled. His work has appeared in numerous publications, and he is the recipient of many awards, including the PEN/Hemingway Award, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and Whiting Foundation Writer's Award. He currently teaches at the University of Southern California.



December 17, 2012 - January 26, 2013, Bailey Library

Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and "The Yellow Wall-Paper"

This traveling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine explores the role that gender has played in the treatment of mental illness and the development of medicine by using Gilman's work, as well as primary source material, to examine the famous short story which served as an indictment of the medical profession and the social conventions restricting women professionally and creatively. 



January 24, 2013, 7:30 p.m., Reves Recital Hall

"Dan Welcher: Murphy Visiting Librettist"

WelcherComposer and librettist in one, Dan Welcher recently wrote both the words and music for an operatic setting of the Charlotte Perkins Gilman story, "The Yellow Wall-Paper." Best known as a composer, but also an accomplished poet, Welcher has been on faculty at the University of Texas at Austin for over 30 years. He has almost 100 works to his credit in nearly all musical mediums that include opera, concerto, symphony, wind ensemble, vocal literature, piano solos, and various kinds of chamber music. He has won awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, and numerous others.

[See December 17, 2012 - January 26, 2013 for information on the National Library of Medicine's traveling exhibit on "The YellowWall-Paper" at Bailey Library.]



February 7, 2013, 7:30 p.m., Reves Recital Hall

"An Evening with Murphy Visiting Poet: Arthur Sze"

SzeArthur Sze is a second-generation Chinese-American poet and celebrated translator. He has published eight works of poetry, which have been translated into 11 languages. Sze's work has appeared in international publications, including The American Poetry Review, The Paris Review, and The New Yorker. Among his many awards are The Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writers' Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and two American Arts Creative Writing fellowships. Sze was named the first poet laureate of Santa Fe and is currently a professor emeritus at the Institute of American Indian Arts.



February 12, 2013, 7:30 p.m., Mills C

"Fear in Tacitus' Agricola"

Victoria Emma Pagán, a Classics professor at the University of Florida, is the author of Conspiracy Narratives in Roman History, Rome and the Literature of Gardens, A Sallust Reader, and a dozen articles on Latin literature. She has received post-doctoral fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the American Association of University Women, and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.


March 4 - April 13, 2013, Bailey Library

Harry Potter's World: Renaissance, Science, Magic, and Medicine

This traveling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine explores the role that Renaissance medicine plays in the popular Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. It looks at the way fields such as alchemy provided the foundations for modern-day chemistry and played an important role in the development of Western science and medicine.


March 7, 2013, 7:30 p.m., Reves Recital Hall

"Reading Percy Jackson from a Classical Perspective"

Sarah Jacobson (Hendrix class of 2004) will return to Hendrix to discuss the popular Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, which is set in the contemporary United States but based on classical mythology. Jacobson, who is currently finishing her Ph.D. in Classics while teaching at a private school where she uses the series in the Latin curriculum, will discuss the classical influences on the series.



March 11, 2013, 7:30 p.m., Reves Recital Hall

"Our Bodies, Our Stories"

DasGuptaIn her dual role as a practicing physician and a publishing writer, Sayantani DasGupta works every day at the intersection of literature and medicine. She is an assistant clinical professor of pediatrics at Columbia University and the author of Her Own Medicine: A Woman's Journey from Student to Doctor. She also teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and has published in numerous journals, including Pediatrics,The Journal of Medical Humanities, and Literature and Medicine.




April 4, 2013, 7:30 p.m., Reves Recital Hall

"An Evening with Murphy Visiting Poet Louise Glück"

GluckFormer U.S. Poet Laureate Louise Glück is one of America's preeminent poets. The author of more than 10 collections of poetry, Glück's numerous honors and awards include the Bollingen Prize in Poetry, the Lannan Literary Award, the Wallace Stevens Award, fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations, and the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. She is currently the Rosencranz Writer-in-Residence at Yale University and has served as the chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.



April 18, 2013, 7:30 p.m., Reves Recital Hall

"Warrior Writers and Combat Paper Projects Panel"

The Warrior Writer Project assists veterans in literary expressions of their experiences. The Combat Paper Project helps Iraq and Afghanistan veterans turn personal war material, such as uniforms and manuals, into blank books for their literary works. Drew Cameron, an Iraq war veteran; Jan Barry, a Vietnam veteran; and Sara Nesson, an Oscar-nominated documentary film director, will participate in a panel discussion on their experiences with the projects, exploring the relationship between literary expression and physical and emotional recovery.









  April 25, 2013, 4:30 p.m., Murphy Seminar Room

The Aonian/Murphy Programs Literary Contest Winners' Reception and Reading

This annual celebration will present the winners of the Murphy Programs Literary Contest who will read their entries during a reception which will also celebrate the debut of this year's campus literary and visual art magazine, the Aonian