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Wilson College Professor Appears on Television Program

Posted: September 10, 2010

9/10/2010 Dr. Michael G. Cornelius, chair of the Department of English and Mass Communications at Wilson College, talks about iconic, fictional, teenage gumshoe Nancy Drew on the new television program, Humanities on the Road, airing on the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN).
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DATE: Sept. 10, 2010
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CHAMBERSBURG, PA. – Dr. Michael G. Cornelius, chair of the Department of English and Mass Communications at Wilson College, talks about iconic, fictional, teenage gumshoe Nancy Drew on the new television program, Humanities on the Road, airing on the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN). Cornelius appears in an episode entitled “The (R)Evolution of Nancy Drew.”

The show can be seen on Friday, Sept. 17, from 6 to 7 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 18, from 2 to 3 p.m.; and Monday, Sept. 20, from 10 to 11 a.m. PCN airs on channel 186 on Comcast cable service in Chambersburg and Waynesboro.

Mystery book series heroine Nancy Drew is a pop culture phenomenon adored by legions of fans all over the world. Cornelius, a longtime Nancy Drew devotee and owner of more than 800 Nancy Drew books, is co-editor of a collection of essays that examines the role of the girl sleuth in popular culture. In 2007, he organized a national conference at Wilson, “Nancy Drew and Girl Sleuths: Past, Present and Future,” which drew about 25 presenters from colleges and universities all over the United States and Canada.

Humanities on the Road host Tracey Matisak introduces Cornelius, who discusses the history of “the most famous juvenile detective character of all time and her impact on American popular culture,” according to a news release from the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, which is producing the series in conjunction with PCN.

The show Cornelius appears in was taped June 24 before a live audience at the Osterhout Free Library in Wilkes-Barre.

PHC recently announced the broadcast premiere of Humanities on the Road, which it described as a new arts and cultured-themed show. The series gives 3.3 million households a fascinating look at artists, scholars and storytellers from across the state. The 12 episodes that make up Season One air from Sept. 10 through Dec. 13. In addition to the Friday, Saturday and Monday airtimes, shows are also available as streaming videos during broadcast on www.pcntv.com, offered On Demand to Comcast subscribers, and on PHC’s YouTube channel.

A native of Groton, N.Y., Cornelius has been teaching at Wilson College since 2002 He was named chairman of the English and Mass Communications Department in 2004. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from St. John Fisher College in New York and Marshall University in West Virginia, respectively. He earned his Ph.D. in Medieval/Renaissance literature from the University of Rhode Island in 2002.

Cornelius is the author of a number of books, short fiction articles and scholarly works. More information about Cornelius can be found HERE or by contacting Cornelius at michael.cornelius@wilson.edu or 717-264-4141, Ext. 3308.



Founded in 1869, Wilson College is a liberal arts college dedicated to the education of women. Affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and located in Chambersburg, Pa. Wilson offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 areas and a master’s degree in education. The college’s 2009-10 enrollment in both the College for Women and the Adult Degree Programs was 838 and included students from 20 states and 18 foreign countries.



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