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Elliott Engel - The History and Mystery of Wine

Program Date: October 17, 2018

Elliott Engel

Dr. Elliott Engel, a College Endowment Association favorite, traces the phenomenal ancient origins of wine and continues the story through the wide and often wild popularity of wine today. Special attention is given to the competing drinks which almost destroyed wine’s popularity in the 17th-century and to the unexpected consequences of the Muslim prohibition of all spirits beginning in 700 A.D.

Dr. Engel lives in North Carolina, where he taught at the University of North Carolina, North Carolina State University, and Duke University. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees on a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship at UCLA where he served as professor and lecturer, and was awarded the university’s Outstanding Teacher’s Award.

Engel has authored several books that have been published in England, Japan, Turkey, and the United States. Among the books are A Dab of Dickens & A Touch of Twain (Simon & Schuster) an edited collection of several of his well-known lectures, and Pickwick Papers: An Annotated Bibliography. Engel’s mini-lecture series on Charles Dickens ran on PBS television stations around the country.

Four plays which Engel has written have been produced during the last ten years. Engel’s play, The Night Before Christmas Carol, has enjoyed success as an annual national public television broadcast in both the United States and Canada, an EbzB Productions’ performance with actor David zum Brunnen, as well as multi-year touring success nationally with the same actor. The premiere collaboration of The Night Before Christmas Carol featured actor Jeffrey West, who originated the role on stages in North Carolina.

Most recently in 2014, Engel was named Tar Heel of the Week by the Raleigh News and Observer for his thirty years of delivering public programs in the humanities and sponsoring state and national literary contests for high school students. Since 1980, Dr. Engel has been President of the Dickens Fellowship of North Carolina, the largest branch of this worldwide network of clubs. The sales of Dr. Engel’s books, CDs, and DVDs have raised funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital, formerly the Hospital for Sick Children, which Dickens helped found in London in 1852.