Armstrong Browning Library Hosts Annual Browning Day Celebration

March 30, 2017

On Friday, March 31, Armstrong Browning Library will host its annual Browning Day celebration to commemorate the birthdays of Elizabeth Barrett-Browning and Robert Browning and honor their life's work. The celebration begins at 3:30 p.m. in the Foyer of Meditation at Armstrong Browning Library.

“I look forward to Browning Day each year,” Jennifer Borderud, Director of the Armstrong Browning Library, said. “It provides a wonderful opportunity for us to connect with the Baylor and Waco communities over a shared interest in the Brownings, poetry, and the history of the Armstrong Browning Library.”

The celebration features a lecture by Dr. Andrew Tate, a presentation of special music by Justin Kroll and a reception with refreshments and discussion.

Tate is a Reader in Literature, Religion, and Aesthetics in the Department of English and Creative Writing in Lancaster University, UK. His lecture, titled “The Brownings and the Art of Praise,” explores aspects of Robert and Elizabeth’s responses to different kinds of art and its relationships with their faith.

“This talk will explore the ways in which the poets respond to the aesthetic challenge of the visual arts.” says Tate. “It will argue that a shared commitment to an incarnational spirituality informs their interpretation of painting and the lives of the artists with reference to a range of poems and letters.”

Following the lecture, Justin Kroll, Facilities Assistant of Armstrong Browning Library, will perform a special music presentation titled “The Brownings: A Musical Sampling.”

A reception is held the Cox Reception Hall following the presentation. Attendees are also encouraged to view the new exhibition in the Hankamer Treasure Room: "Making Connections: Literary Networks in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries."

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