Penn State York professor will discuss ‘Downton Abbey’ April 22

Jennifer Nesbitt, associate professor of English at Penn State York, will offer a look at the PBS hit drama “Downton Abbey” 7 p.m. April 22 in the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center at the campus, 1031 Edgecomb Ave., Spring Garden Township. The event, “Entails, Coattails, and Cocktails: The World of ‘Downton Abbey,’” is free and open to the public.

Nesbitt will discuss the reality behind Downton’s characters, plots and sets. Topics include changes in women’s roles, a typical day in a servant’s life and the historical events shaping life in early 20th century in England. Since it’s been leaked that race will be a plot element during the next season of “Downton Abbey”, scheduled to premiere in the U.S. in early 2014, the talk will also address that issue.

During the lecture, Nesbitt, a Harvard grad who wrote a book about women writers after World War I, will show historic photographs and video clips from “Downton Abbey.” According to a news releaese, the lecture was first developed for “Dine like the Duchess,” a dinner sponsored by WITF for the premier of season three of the PBS drama.

— Read about the Tuesday Tea event that featured tea artifacts and costumes from the 1920s, designed to teach people about the era of “Downton Abbey”, held in February at the York County Heritage Trust.

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