The Armstrong Browning Library proudly welcomes Dr. Lesa Scholl from the University of Adelaide in Australia as our Benefactor's Day lecturer for 2019. Dr. Scholl will present "Healthy Bodies, Healthy Souls: Nineteenth-Century Medicine, Religion, and Literature," which explores the writings of Christina Rossetti, Alice Meynell, and other contemporary writers to examine the ways in which concepts of physical and spiritual health impacted understandings of social justice in nineteenth-century Britain. Dr. Scholl is currently on-site at Baylor, serving as the Armstrong Browning Library's Three-Month Research Fellow. A reception will follow Dr. Scholl's presentation.
The Armstrong Browning Library & Museum proudly presents "Celebrating Elizabeth Barrett Browning Through Cinematic Virtual Reality" featuring Amanda Gardner, Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction of the Baylor School of Education.
Friday, April 12, 2019
Hankamer Treasure Room
In 2018, Amanda Gardner, a Baylor Ph.D. student in Education, came upon a compelling idea: To bring readers into the worlds of classic authors using resurgent virtual reality technology. Gardner understood from her own experience of walking into Emily Dickinson's bedroom that to inhabit the space of an author helps the reader to understand the author's work at a level unattainable through other interpretive methods. While Elizabeth Barrett Browning never lived in Armstrong Browning Library, the Austin Moore-Elizabeth Barrett Browning Salon intends to re-create a contemporaneous living space using her furnishings and other period pieces. Gardner saw the possibility with this space of creating a typical scene from Elizabeth's life and then filming it using actors and cinematic virtual reality technology.
During this year's Browning Day celebration, which honors the birthdays of both Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Gardner will take us through the theory behind this ambitious project, as well as the process of carrying it out. A reception will follow her presentation that will feature refreshements as well as virtual reality stations to experience the film Gardner and her team produced.
This year's Browning Day is sponsored by the Baylor Film and Digital Media department, Baylor's Theatre Arts department and the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the Baylor School of Education.