Hendrix-Murphy Programs in Literature and Language

About the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation

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.

Hendrix-Murphy Foundation
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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