Hendrix-Murphy Programs in Literature and Language

2015-2016 Events

All events are free and open to the public.

For more information about these events, please contact Henryetta Vanaman at 501-450-4597 or vanaman@hendrix.edu

September 11, 2015, 7:00 p.m., Cabe Theatre
Playwright’s Theatre: A Few Lessons on Guided Meditation

Playwright’s Theatre, an extension of the Foundation’s Playwriting Contest, produces dramatic readings of new plays by current or former Hendrix students. Cast, crew, and director are also Hendrix alumni and students. A Few Lessons on Guided Meditation by Lesley Dancer (Hendrix class of 2001) is “packed to the gills with humor,” according to playwriting judge Sarah Gubbins. A young woman’s attempt at practicing guided meditation to soothe a nervous mind weighed down by life choices is repeatedly foiled by a playful dog who has no problem living in the now. In addition to her day job with Celebrity Attractions, Dancer was recently director for a 48-hour film project, Teller Visions, and also served as stage manager for the 2014 Shakespeare at the Shelter at Our House. She lives in North Little Rock with Franco, “the best dog ever!” An audience and cast discussion will follow the reading. Co-sponsored by the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance.

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October 29, 2015, 7:30 p.m., Reves Recital Hall
“Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work” by Edwidge Danticat

Born in Haiti, Edwidge Danticat moved to the United States when she was twelve. She earned a degree in French Literature from Barnard College, where she won the 1995 Woman of Achievement Award, and later an MFA from Brown University. Since the publication of Breath, Eyes, Memory in 1994, Danticat has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including a National Book Critics Circle Award for Brother, I'm Dying, an American Book Award for The Farming of the Bones, and a MacArthur Genius grant. Her recent work includes the novel Claire of the Sea Light and the editorship of The Best American Essays 2011. She also has a picture book, Mama’s Nightingale, and a young adult novel, Untwine, coming out in the fall of 2015. She lives in Miami with her husband and daughters. 

November 11, 2015, 11:11 a.m., Young-Wise Memorial Stadium Plaza
Veterans Day Readings on Peace and War

Hendrix and community residents will hold a collective reading of war- and peace-related poetry honoring those who serve and have served in the military. The event will take place by the statue which honors the sacrifices that Hendrix alumni have made for their country. Co-sponsored by Dr. Alex Vernon and the Department of English.

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February 19, 2016, 4:15 p.m., Murphy Seminar Room
Director’s Discussion with Melora Kordos

Melora Kordos, Murphy Visiting Theatre Director, will discuss the play she is directing, Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare. [See February 24 – 27, 2016, for play performance schedule.] 

February 24 – 27, 2016, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday—Friday, 2:00 p.m., Saturday, Cabe Theatre
Measure for Measure
by William Shakespeare

Melora Kordos, this year's Murphy Visiting Theatre Director, will direct a student theatrical production of Shakespeare’s dark comedy Measure for Measure. Lust, law, and morals fuel the story in Shakespeare’s most searching exploration of sexual politics and social justice.

Melora Kordos is a professional actor and director in regional theatre and during the past 20 years has worked at such venues as the Shakespeare Theatre in D.C., Folger Theatre, Signature Theatre, Roundhouse Theatre, Court Theatre, and Star Plaza Theatre. She has performed in over 50 plays and has appeared in numerous television shows, films, and commercials, and is an audio book narrator. She is certified by the Society of American Fight Directors and has been studying and teaching stage combat since 1992. She was Artistic Director of Studio Roanoke and later the Renaissance Theatre. Originally from Chicago, she moved to Lynchburg, Virginia, to teach in the theatre department at Randolph College. She continues to teach Shakespeare workshops and acting classes.   

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March 1, 2016, 7:30 p.m. Reves Recital Hall
An Evening with Creative Writing Faculty Hope Coulter, Jessica Jacobs, and Ty Jaeger

English department creative writing faculty will read from their new books: Hope Coulter, director of the Hendrix-Murphy programs and instructor of creative writing, will read from her collection The Wheel of Light (New Poets Series, BrickHouse Books, 2015); Jessica Jacobs, spring 2016 Writer in Residence, will read from her Pelvis with Distance: A Biography-in-Poems of Georgia O'Keeffe (White Pine Press, 2015); and Tyrone Jaeger, director of the Creative Writing Program and Associate Professor of English, will read from his short story collection So Many True Believers (Queen's Ferry Press, 2016).

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March 15, 2016, 7:30 p.m., Mills C
“Empire Without End: Total World Conquest in Roman Literature" by Randall Pogorzelski

Randall Pogorzelski, Assistant Professor of Classics (and acting Graduate Chair of Classics) at Western University (London, Ontario, Canada), will explore in depth the nature of ancient imperialism and offer new perspectives on content and authors so familiar in classical myths. His research interests focus on Roman literature, particularly Augustan and early imperial literature, as well as literary theory and classical reception. He has published articles on Lucan, Virgil, and imperial epic and is a past winner of the prestigious Gildersleeve Prize granted to the best paper of the year by the American Journal of Philology.


April 14, 2016, 7:30 p.m. Reves Recital Hall
An Evening with Murphy Visiting Poet Kevin Young

Kevin Young, the Atticus Haygood Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University, is often described as the “best and brightest of contemporary American poets.” Author of eight books of award-winning poetry, he has also edited eight collections of poetry, including The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton, and was a finalist for the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism. Among awards received by Young are the 2013 PEN/Open Book Award, the 2007 Quill Award in Poetry for his volume For the Confederate Dead, the Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Excellence with Dear Darkness (2008), Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels (2011), which won the Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award, andThe Grey Album: On Blackness of Blackness (2012), his first “non-fiction collection of essays, cultural criticism, and lyrical chorus” which won the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and was shortlisted for the PEN/Open Award in 2012. 

April 28, 2016, 4:30 p.m., Murphy Seminar Room
The Aonian/Hendrix-Murphy Literary Contest Winners’ Reception and Reading

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