Enrichment Programs 2013-2014


These programs aim to enrich and enhance the study of literature and language in a variety of ways, from visiting faculty, to writing competitions, to foreign language immersion in a campus residence, to study abroad, to faculty/student discussion groups.

VISITING FACULTY. The Foundation brings outstanding visiting faculty to teach classes in creative writing, theatre, and language, as well as to work with students outside the classroom.

Visiting Creative Writer. Trenton Lee Stewart, a visiting resident guest writer in the spring semester teaches "Writing and Publishing Fiction," a creative writing course. and works outside the classroom with students individually and in workshops. Shop Talk lectures and Word Garden readings enhance creative writing programming.

Visiting Assistant Chinese Language Professor. Wenjia Liu teaches Chinese language and culture and serves as a resource for students and faculty while at Hendrix.

Visiting Theatre Director. Head of Movement and Physical Theatre at Brown University/Trinity Repertory Theatre MFA Acting Program Daniel Stein directs a student production of one of his own works, STILL. GOING FORWARD BACKWARD. Stein visits theatre and other classes and works with students and faculty on a variety of projects during the fall semester.

Visiting Playwriting Instructor. Playwright and newspaper columnist Werner Trieschmann teaches playwriting courses.

Visiting Shakespeare Professor. Theatre Professor Emeritus Eric Binnie returns to campus to teach a Shakespeare course in the English Department.

CREATIVE WRITING PROGRAM. English Department Professors Ty Jaeger and Hope Coulter teach creative writing courses and coordinate creative writing workshops and other activities outside the classroom, such as Word Garden readings and ShopTalk craft lectures.

FRENCH HOUSE. Students immerse themselves in a foreign language—French this year—by speaking it exclusively while "at home."

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM. The Writing Center strengthens Hendrix’s commitment to writing in every field of study. The Center, located in the College’s Bailey Library, is available to assist students with their writing assignments in any class. Peer tutors facilitate the writing process and help direct attention to problem areas. As Hendrix’s international student community grows, the Center continues to support teaching English as a second language.

WRITING AND OTHER COMPETITIONS. Writing competitions encourage students and alumni to strive for excellence in their written work.

Literary Contest. First, second, and third place cash prizes are awarded in each of three genres--poetry, prose, and literary hybrids--to work submitted to Hendrix's student literary/art magazine, the Aonian.

Student and Alumni Playwriting Contests. Current and former Hendrix College students are eligible to participate in one of two contests. Plays must be original and must never have been published or produced on the stage or in any other venue. Deadline is December 13, 2013. Playwrights of exceptional entries receive honoraria, as recommended by the judge, and winning plays may be produced as dramatic readings on Hendrix’s Cabe Theatre stage.

ENGAGED LEARNING. Students and faculty pursue a wide range of activities that extend their study of literature and language far beyond the campus.

Study Abroad Scholarships. Scholarships support students studying literature and language on university campuses in Germany, India, China, and Ghana.

Hendrix in Madrid. Eight students pursue intensive summer course work in Spanish language and literature while exploring cultural sites and locales of Madrid and the surrounding countryside.

Hendrix in Lyon. Eight students attend a four-week summer language program in French while experiencing the culture, art, and music of Lyon.

British Studies at Oxford. Hendrix students receive financial assistance to participate in a summer study program in Oxford, England, that is sponsored by Rhodes University.

ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES AND MATERIALS. A variety of programs and materials enhances learning in and out of the classroom.

English Department Discussion Series. Students and faculty talk informally about the discipline and opportunities for advanced study.

Archival Research. English department students travel with a faculty member to the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas-Austin to conduct research.

 Foreign Language Activities. French conversation classes with a native speaker, German games and holiday celebrations, Chinese conversation hour, and Spanish-language dinners create unique opportunities for students to experience and enjoy the cultures of the languages they study.

Playwright Commission. The Theatre Arts and Dance Department works with renowned playwright Lee Blessing to develop a new work.