Take a break from Thanksgiving cooking and join the Surry Arts Council for a dinner and presentation “The Journey of Money” on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at Cross Creek Country Club. The presentation will immediately follow dinner.
Engel will discuss the invention of money 3,000 years ago and how the ancient Greeks and Romans turned it into the cash we know today. He will trace its journey from where and why it was first invented, to how it developed, to what its future might be. Using anecdotes, analysis, and large doses of humor, Engel brings to life this most universal of topics.
He even includes a brief excursion into the modern stock market, the scene of a vast amount of gained and lost money.
Originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, Engel lives in Raleigh and has taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 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 the Outstanding Teacher Award.
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.
While he is visiting Mount Airy, the Surry Arts Council will be sponsoring presentations by Engel at local high schools. Surry Central High School and Surry Early College High School of Design will enjoy “How William Became Shakespeare,” and East Surry High School will discover “The Genius of Mark Twain.”
More than 1,800 students will attend these programs. Funds for school programs come from the annual Arts Ball, the Mayberry Days Bake Sale, grants, and other earmarked contributions.
For additional information or to reserve a seat for the dinner and lecture, which began at 6 p.m., call the Surry Arts Council at (336) 786-7998 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The program will be held at Cross Creek Country Club, 1129 Greenhill Road, Mount Airy. Tickets are $60 and reservations are required.