This year's event takes place during a monumental year for the library, as 2012 marks the 100-year anniversary of Dr. Armstrong arriving at Baylor University, and the 200th birthday of Robert Browning. The annual event commemorates the lives of the historic couple, Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
The event will feature a lecture by Dr. Sandra Donaldson, general editor of The Works of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, who will speak on the topic "The Personal, the Political, and the Poetical: Four Poems by Elizabeth Barrett Browning." She will address the melding of EBB's intellect and emotion by analyzing "The Cry of the Children," "The Runaway Slave," "The Forced Recruit," and "Fragment of 'An Essay on Woman'."
The music program preceding the lecture will feature the premiere of an instrumental composition by Baylor sophomore Blake Clark, winner of the 2012 Browning Composition Competition. The piece will be performed by an instrumental ensemble of students from the School of Music and is inspired by Robert Browning's "The Pied Piper of Hamelin."
Baylor alum and Waco resident Glenn Beals will sing an early 20th-century song cycle based on Robert Browning's letters to Elizabeth Barrett Browning. A song by ABL's Artist-in-Residence, Carlos Colon, will also be performed by Mr. Beals.
The event is free and open to the public, and will be followed by refreshments in the Martin Entrance Foyer.