Event description

Our State and Well•Spring present

In Plain Engel-ish: A Virtual Series of Dr. Elliot Engel’s Favorite Talks

Dr. Elliot Engel – humorist, historian, and stand-up scholar – delivers light and enlightening programs. Now you can experience his wicked wit, fantastic tidbits, and hallmark sense of humor … online!


Recorded live at The Virginia Somerville Sutton Theatre at Well•Spring in Greensboro, this series includes the following premieres:

A New Tune for an Old Carol: Dickens and Christmas

December 17 • 7 p.m.

With the publication of A CHRISTMAS CAROL in 1843, Charles Dickens changed the way we now celebrate Christmas. Using anecdotes, analysis, and large doses of humor, Dr. Elliot Engel will provide fascinating background on this most beloved holiday tale and its brilliant author.

Our Slippery Mother Tongue: A Light History of English

January 14 • 7 p.m.

Dr. Engel traces the fascinating development of our English language from the Celts to the Anglo-Saxons to the invading French, and Chaucer is given his proper place as the earliest named literary genius. Using anecdotes, analysis, and large doses of humor, Professor Engel brings to life this most personal of topics which has always been as near as the tip of our tongues.


If you’ve never experienced Dr. Engel’s wit and humor, you can listen to a sample from one of his talks HERE.

For those familiar with his uncanny presentation style, you are sure to enjoy the talks that Dr. Engel has chosen for this series!

For more information, please contact Amy Pasquini at (743) 223-1127 or apasquini@ourstate.com.


Cost for access to each of the remaining individual talks is $9.95.

The deadline to sign up for the next talk is Monday, December 14 at 12:00 p.m.

Please complete the registration form HERE.

You will receive an email the week of the presentation with instructions and a link for easy access. If you cannot make the premiere, you will be able to watch later.