Dr. Elliot Engel, distinguished professor and author, will present a lecture titled “Blackbeard: Pirate Enemy Number One” at Louisburg College on Thursday, May 2, at 7 p.m.  

Although pirates have fascinated the world for centuries, no pirate has ever achieved the notoriety of Blackbeard. Engel’s program sifts facts from fiction in order to reveal a man far more complex than the rather cardboard villain of his current, inaccurate reputation.

Engel has written 10 books published in England, Japan, Turkey, and the United States. His mini-lecture series on Charles Dickens ran on PBS television stations around the country. The professor’s 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.

For his scholarship and teaching, Engel received North Carolina’s Adult Education Award, North Carolina State’s Alumni Professorship, and the Victorian Society’s Award of Merit. Most recently, he was named Tar Heel of the Week for his 30 years of delivering public programs in the humanities and sponsoring state and national literary contests for high school students.

Originally from Indianapolis, Ind., Engel now lives in Raleigh. He has taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, and Duke University.

This event is sponsored by the Tar River Center for Culture and History, and will take place in the Frances Boyette Dickson Auditorium in Louisburg College’s Seby B. Jones Performing Arts Center. Admission is free, and seating is first come, first served.

For more information, call 919-497-3251. Complimentary refreshments will be served in the Holt lobby following the presentation.

The Tar River Center for History and Culture works with local governments, private organizations, educational institutions, and individuals to develop the Upper Tar River region’s historical and cultural assets, to foster economic development through heritage tourism, and to promote knowledge of the region’s history and culture. The center’s work focuses on Edgecombe, Franklin, Granville, Halifax, Nash, Vance, and Warren counties in North Carolina.