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NBC series to feature Georgia College historians

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May 15, 2012

Georgia College history professors Dr. Bob Wilson and Dr. Rachel Shelden will help Paula DeenPaula DeenEmmy award-winning cooking host Paula Deen trace her Southern roots on NBC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?”

The professors will join the celebrity cook on a personal journey to discover her family background during the show’s season finale at 8 p.m. Friday on your local NBC affiliate channel.

“The whole process is a great adventure,” said Wilson, university historian.

“My colleague and Civil War Era historian, Dr. Shelden, met with Ms. Deen, who was absolutely delightful to work with. Ms. Deen connected with her great-great-great-grandfather, John Batts, a substantial cotton planter of Lee County. Batts served in the legislature in the late 1850s and early 1860s, hence his association with Milledgeville.”

Watch the genealogical search as Deen uncovers a profound past.

For this season’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” episodes, visit

ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, study abroad and myriad internships.

Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.

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