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Our Slippery Mother Tongue: A Light History of the English Language

ESU Speaker Lineup 2018-19

Sept. 20
Think we speak the finest language on the planet? Dr. Elliot Engel will provide some real chuckles with his lecture on “Our Slippery Mother Tongue: A Light History of the English Language.”

Oct. 18
He’s performed on every continent but Antarctica (!) and now we get to enjoy Frederick Moyer’s unique classical piano style right here at home.

Nov. 15
We promise you’ll do a double- take, sure Teddy Roosevelt has risen from the dead, when Gib Young regales us with his lecture on “Fun in the White House with the Roosevelts.”

Jan. 16
They’ve constituted one of the greatest curiosities of our time, and Dr. Jodi Magness will provide remarkable insights in her lecture on “The Archeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls.”

Thur., February 21
Think the American Revolution was just about the Brits vs. upstart Colonists? The war will take on new meaning when Dr. Cobb tells how it affected local Native American tribes like the Catawbas in “Independence Won & Lost: The American Revolution in Country.”

March 21
Cybersecurity couldn’t be a timelier topic and Dan Swartwood will enlighten us on the challenges the government, corporations, and private individuals face in this fast-paced world of technology.

April 11
Intrigued by the idea of going into space? Private companies are already looking into it! Dr. Christopher Jones will give us a reality check in his lecture “It’s More Than Rocket Science: The Challenges of Spaceflight and Their Extraordinary Solution.”

The English-Speaking Union is a non-profit, non-political membership organization that promotes global understanding through educational and cultural opportunities. For more information, visit https://www.esuus.org/salisbury

To join or learn more, visit: https://www.esuus.org/salisbury

6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20
Professor Elliot Engel is considered the most insightful, personable, and entertaining academic keynote speaker to come out of academia in the last 50 years. His witty, engaging speaking style imparts hard, factual information using anecdotes, analysis, and large doses of humor. He gives new insights into the backgrounds, accomplishments, and lives of the great masters of English and American literature.
Published in both Great Britain and the US, Engel is the author of seven books including “A Dab of Dickens & a Touch of Twain: Literary Lives from Shakespeare’s Old England to Frost’s New England.” His articles have appeared in magazines such as Newsweek. As one of the most sought after and beloved speakers on literature, his mini-lecture series on his favorite literary hero, Charles Dickens, appeared on PBS stations nationwide.
As a professor, Engel has taught courses at Duke University, NC State University, and University of North Carolina.
Presented by the English Speaking Union Salisbury Chapter, which meets third Thursdays at the Country Club of Salisbury.

Reservations for the dinner program are $32. You do not have to be a member to attend.
RSVP to Gerry at 704-216-2660 or gwood@gerrywoodauto.com

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