Friday, February 3, 2012

Dr. Elliott Engel coming to UNCG to celebrate Dickens


The Freshman Seminar Program at UNCG is pleased to sponsor Charles Dickens: 200 Years of being "The Inimitable" by Dr. Elliot Engel on Tuesday, February 21 at 3 p.m. in Jackson Library on the UNCG campus.

With the program, Dr. Elliot Engel brings to life the extraordinary genius of the man many critics recognize as the greatest novelist in our language. Using anecdotes, analysis, and large doses of humor, Professor Engel will reveal Dickens' fascinating business acumen that was every bit as creative as his literary imagination.

The program is free and open to all, but seating is limited.

Originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, Dr. Engel now lives in Raleigh, where he has taught at the University of North Carolina, North Carolina State University, and Duke University. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at UCLA. While at UCLA he won that university’s Outstanding Teacher Award.

Dr. Engel has written ten books published in England, Japan, and the United States. His mini-lecture series on Charles Dickens ran on PBS television stations around the country. His articles have appeared in numerous newspapers and national magazines including Newsweek. He has lectured throughout the United States and on all the continents including Antarctica. Four plays which he has written have been produced during the last ten years.

For his scholarship and teaching, Dr. Engel has received North Carolina’s Adult Education Award, North Carolina State’s Alumni Professorship, and the Victorian Society’s Award of Merit. Most recently, for his thirty years of academic work and service in promoting Charles Dickens, he was nominated and inducted into the Royal Society of Arts in England.

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 The Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital which Dickens helped found in London in 1852.

For more information about Engel, see http://www.authorsink.com/index.asp. For more about UNCG’s celebration of the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens, see http://tinyurl.com/DickensUNCG.

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