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Bryan Cultural Series Presents Noted Dickens Scholar and Lecturer Dr. John Noffsinger

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Dr. John Noffsinger

Be captivated by noted Dickens scholar and lecturer Dr. John Noffsinger when he speaks on “Women in Dickens” at All Saints Episcopal Church in Southern Shores on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 4 p.m.   This event marks the close of a fifth full successful season for the Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series.

Come enjoy John Noffsinger who is a talented speaker,” commented Series Chairman John Tucker.  “He promises to provide you with new insights into the works of the great master, Charles Dickens.”

John Noffsinger was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in suburban Maryland.  After graduating from Kalamazoo College with a degree in English, he earned an M.A. and a Ph. D., also in English, from the University of Virginia.  In graduate school Noffsinger specialized in the Victorian novel and wrote his dissertation on character development in the early novels of Charles Dickens. 

He then began a career teaching English in various independent schools in Virginia, including North Cross, Norfolk Academy, and St. Anne’s-Belfield.  During a one-year sabbatical from teaching high school, Noffsinger taught Medieval and Modern Humanities at Virginia Tech, and later he continued teaching part-time both at Tech and at Old Dominion University.  In 2014 he retired from teaching and now likes to spend time taking walks with his wife, Mary, and visiting his daughter and grandsons in Florida.  Over the past 10 years, he has also written hundreds of book reviews for Kirkus Reviews.      

Tickets are $15 and are available online at and by phone at (252) 564-9767.  They are also available at: Duck’s Cottage Coffee & Books, 1240 Duck Rd., Duck; Duck’s Cottage Downtown Books, 105 Sir Walter Raleigh St., Manteo; Gray’s Department Store, 3860 N. Croatan Hwy., Kitty Hawk; and Sea Green Gallery, 2404 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head.  

All Dare County students are welcome to attend at no charge.

The Bryan Cultural Series is a non-profit organization formed in 2012.  The board of directors is composed of nine community leaders dedicated to offering a series of high quality cultural events.  These events will include a variety of visual, literary and performing arts.  The board strives to glean from talent that has attained regional as well as national recognition to maintain a high standard. 

Substantial support for this annual cultural offering of events is provided by Towne Bank of Currituck, Village Realty, Ramada Plaza Hotel of Kill Devil Hills and Hilton Garden Inn of Kitty Hawk.  The Outer Banks Community Foundation manages the endowment for the Series.  For more information about these events, visit                                           


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