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Armstrong Browning to Host Annual Browning Day Celebration

April 8, 2019

WACO, Texas  (April 8, 2019) – On April 12, the 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 event begins at 3:30 p.m. in the Hankamer Treasure Room at Armstrong Browning Library.

The celebration features "Celebrating Elizabeth Barrett Browning Through Cinematic Virtual Reality," a presentation by Amanda Gardner, and will be followed by a reception with a twist. Instead of simply discussing the Brownings, attendees are invited to experience the Browning's lives through a CVR simulation. 

The experience features a birthday party in the Browning household from the perspective of Pen Browning's (the Brownings' son) girlfriend. Guests will have the opportunity to come face to face with Robert Browning (played by Steven Pounders), Pen Browning (played by Noah Alderfer), Arabella Barrett (played by Bailey Harris), and other significant people in the Brownings’ lives.

"The humanities need a booster shot in today's technologically driven world," wrote Amanda Gardner, executive producer, creator, and co-writer of the Browning Day CVR presentation. "Digital natives (those born immersed in internet culture) learn differently than those of us who bridge the gap. Since no one else is and we have the resources to do this, we are morally obligated to do so."

Gardner is also a Baylor Ph.D. candidate in education and is interested in studying the value of CVR in English curriculum and its enhancement of the education of digital natives. 

"This year’s Browning Day presentation will provide us the opportunity to focus on the work of Baylor graduate students – Ms. Gardner’s work and the work of her many collaborators in the departments of Film and Digital Media, Theatre, and beyond," said Jennifer Borderud, director of the Armstrong Browning Library. "It will also give us a new lens through which to view Elizabeth Barrett Browning and the way poetry is taught in school."

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Carl Flynn at Carl_Flynn@baylor.edu or visit www.baylor.edu/library/browningday.