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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!

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

Sir Walter Raleigh: Beyond the Muddy Cloak

September 24 • 7 p.m.

Dr. Engel reveals the fascinating life of this author-explorer-courtier who deserves to be celebrated for far more than his muddy cape.  Sadly, he’s been forgotten today as one of the great writers of love poetry and as a brilliant entrepreneur. But Professor Engel certainly hasn’t forgotten, and, using anecdotes, analysis, and large doses of humor, he will make this remarkable historical figure live once again.

The Vanderbilts: All of Them!

October 15 • 7 p.m.

Dr. Engel traces the amazing tale of this famous American dynasty from Cornelius, born in the eighteenth century, to Gloria of the designer jeans. Their triumphs and tragedies are placed in the context of family dynamics and historical influences. Using anecdotes, analysis, and large doses of humor, Professor Engel brings to life this most remarkable of fabulously wealthy families.

The History and Mystery of Wine

November 19 • 7 p.m.

Dr. Engel traces the fascinating ancient origins of wine and continues the story through the wide and wild popularity of wine today. Using anecdotes, analysis, and large doses of humor, Professor Engel brings to life the intoxicating journey of wine from the Ancient Egyptians through the invention of Champagne, and even explores America’s small but growing influence on recent wine culture.

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.

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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.

Register

Cost for access to the complete series is $29.95; cost for access to each individual talk is $9.95. Save 40% when you purchase the complete series. The deadline to register for the first talk or purchase the entire series is Monday, September 21 at 12:00pm.

To sign up for one or more of Elliot’s virtual talks, 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.