Robinson Lecture features early works by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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Robinson Lecture features early works by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

By Craig A. Garaas-Johnson, News & Feature's Editor

Almost every aspiring high school poet knows the lines from Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnet 43, “How do I Love thee? Let me count the ways.” Students can learn much more about this fascinating poet on Tuesday, February 15, beginning at 3:30 p.m. in the East Asian Room of the Chester Fritz Library (fourth floor), where Dr. Sandra Donaldson will lecture on her life-long work on Browning.

Dr. Sandra Donaldson, a Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences Department of English and an affiliate of the Women Studies Program, has devoted her scholarly life to the study of Victorian poet, Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

Her presentation for the Robinson Lecture will explore Barrett Browning’s self-image as a young writer through three of her writing exercises, which she composed as a teenager. In the three exercises, the poet writes in French to Socrates, Homer, and Pindar.

Professor Elwyn B. Robinson, whose career spanned 35 years at UND, was a distinguished member of the History faculty. The Robinson Lecture series began in 1991 on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Robinson's publication, "A History of North Dakota." The Lecture is designed to recognize the scholarly accomplishments of UND faculty and staff.

The event will also feature musical selections from a UND choral group with a reception to follow the presentation.

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