Wallace is first Presidential Fellow

Internationally renowned playwright Naomi Wallace will be the first Presidential Fellow at Cornell College this year, teaching Playwriting II in the first month.

Naomi Wallace

The Presidential Fellows program seeks to bring leading scholars to campus to teach a course that enriches the curriculum. Because of the One-Course-At-A-Time calendar, scholars can teach an entire course in 3 1/2 weeks.

Wallace has been produced internationally and has been awarded the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the Fellowship of Southern Writers Drama Award, the Kesselring Prize, the Mobil Prize, an NEA grant, a Kentucky Arts Council Grant, a Kentucky Foundation for Women grant, and an Obie Award for best play.

Wallace is also a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship, the grant popularly known as the genius award. She currently resides in North Yorkshire, England.

Wallace is presently under commission by The Public Theatre, Clean Break of London, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

The Presidential Fellows program is part of Cornell College’s comprehensive campaign Extraordinary Opportunities: The Campaign for Cornell College which concludes in December 2009. The campaign seeks to enhance the Cornell experience by increasing the college’s endowment, upgrading its facilities, and enhancing the academic program.