Danielle Kuntz, English with an emphasis in creative writing major, studied abroad at the University of Oxford in Fall of 2021.
A native of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Kuntz used her Murphy Scholar Travel Funds to participate in the Oxford Programme for Undergraduate Studies, which provides supervised independent study in a personalized and flexible framework in Oxford, England.
Hendrix College is one of the select participating US colleges and universities to take part in this Oxford program. Hendrix students study under the guidance of Oxford tutors to the same standard and in the same manner as matriculated Oxford undergraduates.
Even though Kuntz "didn’t know what to expect in the first place,” she feels that her “Oxford Experience” exceeded her expectations and created a space for her to feel at home in the city.
Courses are taught in the tutorial system where students meet with their major tutor every week and a minor tutor bi-weekly with tutorial essays due at each meeting. It is a rigorous reading and writing program that created space for Kuntz to grow personally and academically.
The list of possible subjects of study is extensive and includes many types of classes found in the humanities and social science areas at Hendrix. While at Oxford, Kuntz took a tutorial on James Joyce’s Ulysses and studied a breadth of work from C.S. Lewis to Victorian women’s literature and its effects on contemporary writers, such as Irish novelist Sally Rooney.
The program also boasts built-in travel breaks, and students often have the opportunity for travel in Europe and beyond. This gave Kuntz an opportunity to visit Portugal as well.
Hanif Abdurraqib will visit Hendrix this November! His public reading will be on Thursday, November 10. You may have noticed today that his book A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance was included in Barack Obama's 2022 summer reading list 😊
Hendrix’s 25th annual Playwright’s Theatre will be on Friday September 9, 2022! This year’s staged reading will be A Seriously Shakespearian Drama Club by Hendrix alum Carlee Shepard ‘20. Per tradition, the cast will be composed of Hendrix alumni and current students. This event is free and open to the public.
We’re delighted to announce that the next U.S. Poet Laureate will visit Hendrix College this fall! Mark your calendars for An Evening with Murphy Visiting Poet Ada Limón on October 6.
Last summer, Murphy Scholars Lauren Berry and Marni Younger ’22 hiked 240 miles over 23 days, completing the John Muir Trail with their fellow Hendrix classmate Hailey Johnston ’22. Read about their experience at https://www.hendrixmurphy.org/article/779317
Our very own director Hope Coulter is one of the co-winners of this year’s Meringoff Prize for Poetry! Congratulations, Hope!
The annual Aonian Literary & Arts Magazine release and reception will be Thursday, April 28 at 4:30 PM in the Murphy House Seminar Room. Enjoy refreshments and readings by this year’s winners. All are welcome!
Join us for the Senior Word Garden Potluck on Thursday, April 21 at 5 P.M. at the Murphy House Lawn. Dani Kuntz, Annemarie Bennett, Tristam Williams Thompson, Savanna Bader, and Josiah Vallone will read original works in poetry and prose from their English-Creative Writing senior theses. Layla’s Gyros and Pizzeria will cater food—feel free to bring side dishes! All are welcome.
Join us for the first of two Senior Word Gardens on Thursday, April 14 at 8 P.M. in the Murphy House Seminar Room. Sarah Ward, Flannery Hirrel, and Gabrielle Skerpan will read original works in poetry and prose from their English-Creative Writing senior theses. All are welcome!
Hendrix alumna Kate Henricks ‘16 is the co-founder of the Glitterary Festival—a literary festival with a broad definition of what is literature and what is queer. Glitterary will be hosted in Oxford, Mississippi, as part of Oxford Pride Week. Registration is free and comes with a drink ticket for happy hour. To register, visit https://bit.ly/3K3meMi
Where do you turn when life abroad doesn’t look anything like the glowing images in the brochures? Join senior Murphy Scholars on Friday, April 8 from 12:10-1 p.m. in the Murphy Seminar Room for a discussion on meeting challenges while studying internationally.
Join us on Friday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Cabe Theatre for dramatic works written and directed by Elizabeth Yang, Phillip Powell, and Jay Vicente.
4-H is an immersive, collaborative workshop designed to foster the dramatic work of four Hendrix students from page to the stage and is led by Murphy Visiting Fellow in Theatre Arts and Dance Andrew Vaught.
Do you have an idea for a project that involves literature or language? Apply to Hendrix-Murphy for funding for projects anchored in study, travel, research, or service in literature and language. Stop by our Proposal Help and Information Session: Tuesday 3/15 from 11:30-12:30 in the Murphy Seminar Room. Pizza will be provided! Submit final proposals to Hendrix-Murphy@hendrix.edu
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Thanks to everyone who came out last night for the first Word Garden of the semester! Arielle Shelby, Kaleigh Coker, Sydney Boone, and Aubrey French all read from their original creative work.
Join us for the first Word Garden of the year on Thursday, March 3 at 8 P.M. in the Murphy House Seminar Room. Arielle Shelby, Aubrey French, Kaleigh Coker, and Sydney Boone will be reading original works in poetry, prose, and nonfiction. All are welcome!
Join us on Monday, February 28 from 12:10-1:30 in the Murphy Seminar Room for fiction writer James Braziel’s and poet Tina Mozelle Braziel’s ShopTalk. They will discuss ways to weave nature into stories and poems. Through sharing examples of their work, writing processes, and life in the woods of Alabama, they will also explore how to create a sustainable writing life.
Hendrix faculty member Dr. José Vilahomat, Professor of Spanish, has published a new book titled Satire and Minor Genres: Notes on Contemporary Latin American Literature. This work is a result of two decades of research and is geared towards Latin-Americanist researchers and literary critics. Read more: https://www.hendrix.edu/vilahomat-publishes-new-book/
Join the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation on Wednesday, November 10 from 7 - 8 p.m. for An Evening with Mayda del Valle. Born and reared on the South Side of Chicago, Mayda del Valle was the youngest poet and the first Latinx person to win the Grand Slam Championship at the Nuyorican Poets Café in 2001, and went on to become the National Poetry Slam Champion in the same year. She is the author of the poetry collections A South Side Girl’s Guide to Love and Sex and The University of Hip-Hop, and her work has also appeared in numerous publications, from Urban Latino to The New York Times. Del Valle has performed at venues across the world, including the White House, by invitation of President Obama and the First Lady, in May 2009. She has served as a mentor and educator in the nonprofit world, teaching poetry and performance to incarcerated youth. Co-sponsored with The Engaged Citizen program. Del Valle's performance will be held in Worsham Performance Hall on Hendrix College campus.
Assistant Professor of English Will Murray is hosting Friday's Literature and Language Over Lunch! Reserve your spot by emailing Hendrix-Murphy@hendrix.edu
to hear his talk, "Healing the Wound: Race and Memory in Southern Fiction." Lunch provided. Vegetarian options available!