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Our State and Well•Spring present a spring 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.


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

Scarlett Fever: The Greatness of Gone With the Wind

March 18 • 7 p.m.

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

April 15 • 7 p.m.

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

May 20 • 7 p.m.

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.

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 discusses the invention of money 3000 years ago and how the ancient Greeks and Romans turned it into the cash we know today. He traces its fascinating journey — 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. He even includes a brief excursion into our American stock market: the scene of a vast amount of gained and lost money!


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 spring series.

Registration information coming soon.