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Our State and Well•Spring present a second season of

In Plain Engel-ish: A Virtual Series of Entertaining Talks with Dr. Elliot Engel

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 from the comfort of your home.

Cost for the complete series is $29.95, and you can access the registration form HERE (scroll down for descriptions of sessions). All talks will be available on-demand following the premiere dates below.


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

The Rise & Fall of F. Scott Fitzgerald

June 17 • 7 p.m.

Dr. Engel reveals how Fitzgerald’s turbulent life and brilliant novels perfectly captured the sensation and sadness of the Jazz Age.

The Journey of Money

July 15 • 7 p.m.

Dr. Engel traces the fascinating journey of money — from where and why it was first invented, to how it developed, to what its future might be. Using anecdotes, analysis, and large doses of humor, Professor Engel brings to life this most universal of topics.

*The following premieres have already occurred and you will receive on-demand links for these sessions when you purchase the series.

Scarlett Fever: The Greatness of Gone With The Wind

Dr. Engel reveals the astounding background of Margaret Mitchell’s great book and how it actually reflects the story of her life. No matter how familiar you might be with the novel and the movie, Professor Engel will fascinate you with so much new and exciting information about this most popular novel and its remarkable yet most peculiar author.

The Genius of Mark Twain

Dr. Engel shares the hilarious and moving story of Mark Twain from his early life to his triumphs with Innocents Abroad and Huckleberry Finn.

The Inimitable Winston Churchill

Dr. Engel has dug deeply into numerous biographies to discover delightful yet virtually unknown stories about Winston Churchill. They reveal an incredibly inspiring public and private figure. Using anecdotes, analysis, and large doses of humor, Professor Engel vividly brings to life this twentieth-century giant.


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 the second series.