Churchill scholar to speak at Carmel library


The Carmel Clay Public Library Foundation will present author, scholar and lecturer Dr. Elliot Engel at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 18 in the program room. His lecture, “The Unknown Stories of Winston Churchill,”  a new look at the British leader.


“We brought Elliot in to do a presentation on Charles Dickens a while back,” said Liz Hamilton, CCPL Foundation director. “We knew we wanted him to come back and speak about something different. He sent me four or five program choices, and we thought Winston Churchill would be great.”

Engel is an Indianapolis native who earned his M.A. and doctorate as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at UCLA. He has taught at the University of North Carolina, North Carolina State University and Duke University.

“I’ve already been receiving phone calls from people in Kentucky, Ohio and Illinois asking if they can attend the program,” Hamilton said. “He has a profound reach. We’re excited we’re able to bring him to our community and expose residents to someone of that caliber who can speak about historical figures.”

Engel’s presentation will offer insights into a lesser known side of Churchill, who was Great Britain’s prime minister during World War II. Engel poured through biographies to reveal unknown stories.

“He’s enjoyable to listen to, and he has a really nice sense of humor,” Hamilton said. “He interjects that in his presentation, so people are really interested while he’s speaking.”

Sales from Engel’s books, CDs and DVDs support local children’’ hospitals.

To register for the event, email or call 317-814-3984.


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