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LI professor to compete in 'Jeopardy!' tournament

Mayim Bialik will host the inaugural Professors Tournament

Mayim Bialik will host the inaugural Professors Tournament on "Jeopardy!" in December. Credit: JEOPARDY! / Carol Kaelson

A Long Islander is about to give it the old college try to win $100,000 on "Jeopardy!"

Lisa Dresner, an associate professor of writing at Hofstra University in Hempstead, is among the 15 educators who will compete in the game show's first Professors Tournament, which will air Dec. 6-17 on WABC/7 at 7 p.m. The winner also will earn a spot in the "Jeopardy!" Tournament of Champions later in the season.

"It was an unbelievable thrill to see so many brilliant professors from all kinds of schools and backgrounds come together on the 'Jeopardy!' stage," said Mayim Bialik, who will host the event. "There was a sense of kinship and academic camaraderie among the group, along with a healthy dose of competitiveness. That energy made this inaugural Professors Tournament incredibly special."

According to her profile on Hofstra's website, Dresner is the author of "The Female Investigator in Literature, Film, and Popular Culture" (McFarland, 2007). She teaches grammar for writers as well as other courses in the writing studies and rhetoric department. Dresner is also head of the LGBTQ+ studies program and plays trumpet in the Lesbian and Gay Big Apple Corps symphonic and marching bands.

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