175 years ago, Elizabeth Barrett Browning penned her celebrated call for labor reform, "The Cry of the Children." To mark the occasion, Baylor University, the University of Strathclyde, and the University of Manchester proudly present a unique symposium that puts Browning’s poem and representations of labor by Victorian working-class authors in critical conversation through presentations, performances of laboring-class balladry, interactive workshops, and a combination of physical and digital exhibitions.

Rhyme & Reform: Victorian Working Class Poets
and Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s “The Cry of the Children”

October 4-5, 2018

Featuring events held on site at the Armstrong Browning Library
at Baylor University and the University of Strathclyde
with livestreamed and recorded content available at

The symposium is free of charge to attend at either location or online. We would, however, like participants to register to help us learn from this experimental symposium experience.

To learn more about the symposium, please visit There you will find an in-depth conference description, schedule and registration information. In addition, you can experience an online exhibition that will prepare you for the enriching conversations that will take place during the symposium.

For more information about the Rhyme & Reform Symposium, call (254) 710-4968 or email


Benefactors Day Celebration

Featuring the opening of

 “Orphans of earthly love”
Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Protest for Working Children

An exhibition honoring the 175th anniversary of “The Cry of the Children”
curated by Dr. Joshua King, Margarett Root Brown Chair in Robert Browning
and Victorian Studies, and students in his Victorian Poetry Class

Thursday, October 4, 2018 | 3:30 pm
Hankamer Treasure Room
Armstrong Browning Library

Reception following in the
Cox Reception Hall

For more information about Benefactors Day, please contact Christi Klempnauer at or 254-710-4968


Events: Week of Feb 17 - Feb 23

2/18 (3:30 - 5 pm) Download to Calendar Bruce Hindmarsh Lecture
2/22 (3:30 - 4:30 pm) Download to Calendar 19th-Century Research Seminar: Dr. Jessica Enoch, University of Maryland