For some, the idea of opera might conjure thoughts of outdated costumes, convoluted plots and foreign languages. Challenging these stereotypes, this year’s Murphy visiting librettist Dan Welcher is librettist and composer in one and a master of the poetic technique.

While visiting Hendrix College, Welcher will describe his process of creating opera from literature, specifically the short story "The Yellow Wall-Paper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, as part of this year’s Hendrix-Murphy Foundation Programs in Literature and Language series exploring the theme of "Literature and Medicine."

The lecture will be at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 24, in Reves Recital Hall at Hendrix College. A reception in Trieschmann Gallery will follow. This event is free and open to the public.

In conjunction with his visit, the Olin C. Bailey Library on the Hendrix campus will host a traveling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine, The Literature of Prescription.

This exhibit explores the role that gender has played in the treatment of mental illness and the development of medicine by using Gilman’s work, as well as primary source material, to examine "The Yellow Wall-Paper." The Literature of Prescription will be available to the public from today through Jan. 26 in Bailey Library during regular library hours.

This event is sponsored by the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation Programs in Literature and Language. The events are designed to enhance and enrich the study and teaching of literature and language at Hendrix College.

For more information about this and future events, contact Henryetta Vanaman, 501-450-4597 or vanaman@hendrix.edu.