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Elliot Engel: “The Vanderbilts—All of Them”

when: Feb. 15, 2013

Tickets were available at the door with check or cash. The third annual Elliot Engel perfomance was on “The Vanderbilts—All of Them” and will take place on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 7:00 pm at the Long View Center, 118 South Person Street Raleigh, NC 27601. Dr. Engel traced the amazing tale of this famous American dynasty from Cornelius, born in the eighteenth century, to Gloria of the designer jeans. The triumphs and tragedies were all placed in the context of family dynamics and historical influences. What emerged was a story of riches, wretched excess, and real, raw emotional lives.

Tickets were $25 per person and were available by telephone with MasterCard or Visa at 919-833-3431 or by mail at JLMH, P O Box 10884, Raleigh NC 27605. Sponsorships were available. Tickets were not refundable unless we had to cancel. To download an order form for tickets, click here: Engel_Tix.2013_.01_.07_.doc

Dr. Engel is a world-famous and extremely witty and entertaining speaker. Originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, Dr. Engel now lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, 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.

Professor Engel continues to teach outside the classroom and give literary and historical programs throughout the world. He also presents assemblies at elementary, middle, and high schools, and his educational CDs are used in classrooms around the country. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, walking, and vacationing in exotic locations where he is not asked to deliver even one lecture.

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Thank you so much for leading us on a guided tour of the Joel Lane House! I had no idea that the kitchen was separate from the main house, and how different the two are. I had always assumed that the most dangerous job for a slave was in the fields, but your expertise showed me that the kitchen (because of the heat and potential for fire) was actually the most dangerous for a slave woman…