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Hendrix to Host Jonathan Safran Foer

CONWAY, Ark. (November 10, 2010) — The Hendrix-Murphy Foundation and the Crain-Maling Center of Jewish Culture at Hendrix College will host “Why Jews Laugh at Things That Aren’t Funny,” a lecture by author Jonathan Safran Foer on Thursday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Staples Auditorium. A reception will follow in the Mills Library. 

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Foer is the author of the international bestseller Everything Is Illuminated, which was published when he was only 25. It was named Book of the Year by The Los Angeles Times and was recognized by a National Jewish Book Award, among other prizes. A movie based on the book was released by Warner Independent in September 2005.

Foer is also the author of the novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, also a critical award winner. His most recent work Eating Animals is a collection of non-fiction essays documenting his road trip to animal farms throughout the US.

Hendrix, founded in 1876, is a selective, residential, undergraduate liberal arts college emphasizing experiential learning in a demanding yet supportive environment. The college is featured in the 2010 edition of the Princeton Review as one of the country’s best 371 colleges, was identified as the nation’s top “Up and Coming” liberal arts college for 2011 by U.S. News and World Report, and is ranked among 45 “Best Buy” colleges by the 2011 Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit