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Hendrix-Murphy Program Welcomes New Visiting Fellows

CONWAY, Ark. (August 12, 2016) – The Hendrix-Murphy Foundation Programs in Literature and Language welcomes three new Murphy Visiting Fellows for the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 academic years.

The Murphy Visiting Fellows are two-year faculty members who will teach in the departments of Theatre Arts and Dance, Foreign Languages, and English while serving as mentors to the Murphy Scholars.

“Their work not only provides valuable program support but bolsters instructional resources –freeing up full-time faculty members to teach the new Oxford-style tutorials in literature and language that are also part of the Murphy Scholars Program,” said Hendrix-Murphy Foundation Programs in Literature and Language Director Hope Coulter.

The Murphy Visiting Fellows in Literature and Language include:

  • Dr. Kane Anderson (Theatre)
  • Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers (English)
  • Robyn Wright (Spanish)

Anderson_Kane 2Dr. Anderson holds a B.A. in theatre arts from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.F.A. in theatre performance from Arizona State University, and a Ph.D. in theatre studies from the University of California–Santa Barbara. He has taught most recently at Pacific Lutheran University. In addition to acting and directing professionally, Anderson researches the intersections of popular culture and performance in America. His research on superhero cosplay at Comic-Con International appears in multiple publications. 

Rogers_Elizabeth LindseyProfessor Rogers holds a B.A. in writing and dance from Oberlin College and an M.F.A. in poetry from Cornell University. She has taught at Kenyon College, Cornell University, Tulane University, Shanxi Agricultural University in China, and elsewhere, and held a Kenyon Review Fellowship from 2012 to 2014. Her debut poetry collection, Chord Box (University of Arkansas Press, 2013), was the finalist for the 2013 Miller Williams Prize and the 2014 Lambda Literary Award. Her poems and creative nonfiction have been published in many journals, including The Missouri Review, Boston Review, FIELD, Washington Square, and The Rumpus.

Wright_RobynWright holds bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and Spanish education at the University of Arizona, where she also received her M.A. in Hispanic linguistics. She will complete her Ph.D. in Hispanic linguistics this fall at the University of Texas at Austin. She has studied abroad in Brazil, Spain, France, and South Africa. She is a sociolinguist and a language teacher whose research interests include language variation and change, language contact, Hispanic linguistics, and Romance linguistics. Her current research examines the Madrid dialect of Spanish and how phonetic variation is used to convey particular identities and construct social meaning.  

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