The Hendrix-Murphy Foundation Programs in Literature and Language are
designed to enhance and enrich the study of literature and language at Hendrix
College. They accomplish these goals by, among other things, bringing to
Hendrix eminent writers, poets, translators, literary critics, editors,
playwrights, literary scholars, and theatre directors. These distinguished
visitors teach classes, present lectures, mentor student writers, give
readings, direct plays, and contribute to campus life in many other ways.
The programming also supports a variety of literary and
language-based opportunities in study and research; craft and practice; and
service and leadership.
The late Mr. Charles H. Murphy, Jr., former Chair of the Board of
Murphy Oil Corporation and former member of the Hendrix Board of Trustees,
established these programs in 1978 in memory of his mother, Mrs. Bertie Wilson
Murphy. A 1905 graduate of Galloway Women’s College—which later became part of
Hendrix College—Mrs. Murphy possessed a lifelong love of literature and
language, to which these programs are exclusively dedicated.
The Bertie Wilson Murphy Building houses campus visitors sponsored
by the Foundation and by other College programs. Completed in spring 2002, the
“Murphy house” features elegant but informal spaces for students and faculty to
meet with those visitors in both planned and spontaneous gatherings.
Director of the Foundation’s programs is Professor Hope
Coulter, Hendrix College English Department faculty. Program Manager is
Henryetta Vanaman, and Office and Building Manager is Sarah Engeler-Young.
Programs in Literature and Language
Hendrix College, 1600 Washington Avenue
Conway, AR 72032-3080
501-450-1399 (fax: 501-450-3837)
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