The Mary Renault Society

The Triangle Area of North Carolina

The History and Mystery of Wine

Our presenter for April, Dr. Elliot Engel, earned his M.A. and doctorate as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at UCLA, where he also received the university’s Outstanding Teacher Award. Since coming to NC, he has taught at UNC-CH, State, and Duke, and his scholarship and teaching have gathered awards for him here too.

Man drinking wineWidely sought-after as a lecturer, Dr. Engel has given presentations around the world (on all seven continents). He has written four (produced) plays and ten (published) books. His articles have appeared in many newspapers and magazines, and PBS ran his mini-lecture series about Charles Dickens. Dr. Engel has led the Dickens Fellowship of NC since 1980. Profits from his books, CDs, and Wine pressingDVDs help support the Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, founded in part by Charles Dickens in 1852. And for his service promoting Dickens he was recently honored by induction into the Royal Society of Arts in England.

No, Dickens is not his topic here. In this light and enlightening talk, Elliot traces the fascinating ancient origins of wine and continues the story through its wide and wild popularity today. Using anecdotes, analysis, and large doses of humor, he brings to life this most intoxicating of topics.

Please join us. Feel free to bring wine.


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