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2014-15 Hendrix-Murphy Events Announced

CONWAY, Ark. (August 25, 2014) – The Hendrix-Murphy Foundation Programs in Literature and Language will host the following campus events during the 2014-15 academic year. For more information on these events, contact Henryetta Vanaman at 501-450-4597 or

Playwright's Theatre: Rook*Bishop*King*Queen

(Co-sponsored by the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance)

Friday, Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m., Cabe Theatre

Reception to follow 

Playwright's Theatre produces dramatic readings of new plays by current or former Hendrix students. Cast, crew, and director are also Hendrix alumni and students.     

Rook*Bishop*King*Queen by 1975 Hendrix graduate Robert Preston Jones is a dramatic speculation on the events leading up to the prosecution and eventual execution of Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII. Jones's first play, The Stroop Report, won the Hendrix-Murphy Playwriting Contest in 1999 and was later produced in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York. He has recently won awards for his song lyrics and lives in Dallas, where he continues to produce art. An audience and cast discussion will follow the reading.


An Evening with Murphy Visiting Writer Nathan Englander 

Thursday, Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m., Reves Recital Hall

Reception and book-signing to follow in Trieschmann Gallery


Nathan Englander is the author of two short story collections (What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank and For the Relief of Unbearable Urges), a novel about the Disappeared in Argentina (The Ministry of Special Cases), and a translation of the Haggadah (New American Haggadah), edited by Jonathan Safran Foer. In 2012 his play The Twenty-Seventh Man premiered at The Public Theater. He has won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, a PEN/Malamud Award, and the Bard Fiction Prize, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is the Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at New York University and lives in Brooklyn, New York, and Madison, Wisconsin.


An Evening with Hendrix-Murphy Visiting Writer Kevin Brockmeier

Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, 7:30 p.m., Reves Recital Hall

Reception and book-signing to follow in Trieschmann Gallery


Little Rock native Kevin Brockmeier is a much-lauded fantasy and literary fiction writer. He is the author of the novels The Illumination, The Brief History of the Dead, and The Truth About Celia; two short story collections; and two children's novels. His latest release is the memoir A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip: A Memoir of the Seventh Grade. His work has appeared in such venues as The New YorkerThe Oxford AmericanMcSweeney's, and Tin House. He has received several awards, including a PEN USA, a Borders Original Voices, and three O. Henry awards.  He is in residence at Hendrix College during the spring semester as the Hendrix-Murphy Visiting Writer, teaching a creative writing course, "Science Fiction and Fantasy."


Director’s Discussion by Freddie Ashley 

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, 11:10 a.m., Murphy Seminar Room


Freddie Ashley, Hendrix-Murphy Visiting Theatre Director, will discuss the play he is directing, The Laramie Project, by Moisés Kaufman.


The Laramie Project by Moisés Kaufman

Wednesday, March 4 – Friday, March 6, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 7, 2 p.m., Cabe Theatre

Reception to follow        


Freddie Ashley, this year's Hendrix-Murphy Visiting Theatre Director, will direct a student theatrical production of The Laramie Project by Moisés Kaufman. In 1998, Matthew Shepard, a young gay man living in Laramie, Wyoming, was kidnapped and brutally murdered. Five weeks later, Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project went to Laramie and conducted more than 200 interviews with people of the town. The play is a chronicle of the life of the town of Laramie in the year after the murder. Freddie Ashley has been the Artistic Director of Actor's Express Theatre in Atlanta since 2007, with a multitude of directing credits at Actors' Express as well as other area theatres. He serves on the faculty of Kennesaw State University and holds degrees from Shorter College and the University of Southern Mississippi.


Classics Lecture – Dr. Holly Sypniewski, "The Latin Graffiti of Herculaneum and the Language of Social Media"

Tuesday, March 31, 7:30 p.m., Mills C

Reception to follow


Herculaneum was a city in Italy which was covered in Vesuvius' eruption in 79 CE; like Pompeii, it provides us with an exceptional snapshot into life in antiquity, and the abundant graffiti on its walls show us how the Latin language was used by real people in real time. In her lecture Classics scholar Holly Sypniewski examines how the graffiti at Herculaneum function as a means of informal communication akin to today's social media of Twitter and Facebook.  


An Evening with Murphy Visiting Poet Carolyn Forché 

Thursday, April 16, 7:30 p.m. Reves Recital Hall

Reception and book-signing to follow in Trieschmann Gallery


Carolyn Forché is an acclaimed poet, translator, and human rights activist. She is strongly associated with the literature of witness and has edited or co-edited two anthologies of "witness" poetry. Her own four books of poetry are deeply spiritual, mystical, and filled with praise for human existence. In addition to her work as a poet and an editor, she has translated the work of many writers and been awarded numerous prizes and grants. In 2013, Forché was awarded the Academy of American Poets Fellowship for distinguished poetic achievement. She is Lannan Visiting Professor of Poetry and Professor of English at Georgetown University.


Aonian/Hendrix-Murphy Literary Contest Winners' Reception and Reading

Thursday, April 30, 4:30 p.m., Murphy Seminar Room


Winners of the Hendrix-Murphy Literary Contest will read their entries during a reception that will also celebrate the debut of this year's campus literary and visual art magazine, the Aonian


Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the sixth consecutive year, Hendrix was named one of the country’s “Up and Coming” liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report.  Hendrix is featured in the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, as well as the 2014 Princeton Review’s The Best 378 Colleges, Forbes magazine's list of America's Top Colleges, and the 2014 Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit