Can Elizabeth Barrett Browning Save the Humanities? Armstrong Browning Library's Benefactors Day Celebration Explores New Digital Tools

ABL Benefactors Day
Nov. 10, 2017

Nov. 14 event focuses on the emerging field of digital humanities

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WACO, Texas (Nov. 10, 2017) – Baylor University’s renowned Armstrong Browning Library will host its annual Benefactors Day celebration at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, commemorating those who support ABL and continue to contribute to the world’s leading 19th century research center and home to works of art.

“Our Benefactors Day, tradition gives us the opportunity to thank our donors and supporters of Armstrong Browning Library,” said Jennifer Borderud, director of ABL. “We also invite the Baylor and Waco communities to join the celebration with a presentation by Dr. Dino Felluga, the inaugural recipient of Armstrong Browning Library’s three-month research fellowship.”

Felluga, a professor of English at Purdue University, has spent his time researching the emerging field of digital humanities and developing COVE: The Central Online Victorian Editor. He will discuss these topics with his presentation, “Can Elizabeth Barrett Browning Save the Humanities? Exploring New Digital Tools for Research and Teaching.”

“With commercial databases growing in price and university allocations for libraries decreasing, scholars have found it increasingly difficult to publish and disseminate their work,” Felluga said. “My work on this online publication and teaching space will allow scholars to work with libraries to disseminate and make their material readily available in their special collections.”

In relation to ABL, COVE also enables the creation of digital scholarly editions of Victorian texts and creates online editions of poems by Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

In the past, Benefactors Day has taken place at Armstrong Browning Library. This year it will be held in the Visualization Studio at the W.R. Poage Legislative Library to accommodate aspects of Felluga’s presentation. The Visualization Studio features a 20-foot, high-resolution screen.

“I’m excited about meeting in this new space,” Borderud said. “Dr. Felluga will be speaking to digital tools used in research and teaching. We felt this technology would maximize visual impact. I’m excited to hear the conversation sparked by Dr. Felluga’s presentation.”

A reception will follow Dr. Felluga’s lecture. This event is free and open to the public.

Parking is available in the area near the Wiethorn Visitor Center.

For more information about Benefactors Day (including directions), visit or contact Christi Klempnauer at


Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 17,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.


Baylor University's Armstrong Browning Library is a 19th-century research center and "library of record" dedicated to the study of the lives and works of Victorian poets Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. The library houses the world’s largest collection of Browning material and other fine collections of rare 19th-century books, manuscripts and works of art. Armstrong Browning Library is dedicated to acquiring, preserving and providing access to these materials and its other collection and promoting opportunities for the study, appreciation and understanding of the Brownings and the wider field of 19th-century literature and culture by the Baylor community, the larger academic community and the general public. For more information, visit

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