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Hendrix-Murphy Foundation Programs in Literature and Language

Hendrix-Murphy logoHendrix-Murphy Foundation Programs in Literature and Language Foundation programs enrich the study of literature and language at the College in a variety of ways. Students and faculty attend public presentations by and meet with nationally and internationally acclaimed scholars, novelists, poets, playwrights, and theatre directors. These visitors explore such annual program themes as Southern literature, 20th century culture, literary criticism, Africa, the French Revolution, human earth relations, and biography.

Many students also participate in such Murphy Programs as the Language House, a year’s residential living experience rotating annually among French, German, and Spanish; a Writing Center that provides peer tutoring services; a semester of study in London; summer study travel in Germany; independent student research projects in Germany, Peru, Spain, and Greece; creative and essay writing competitions; foreign and other film series; classical and other literature readings; classical, German, and Spanish cultural activities; and reading groups.

The Bertie Wilson Murphy Building serves as a center for these programs, providing on-campus lodging for the Foundation’s and other campus programs’ visiting faculty, writers, and lecturers and a seminar room and library for those visitors to visit informally with students and faculty. Other building events include student and faculty poetry and other readings, film evenings, study hall nights, student and faculty workshops, and student literary group meetings.


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