When signing up for a class, students may go in with no expectations. But by the end of the semester, students may feel like the class was an epiphany.

For Barry Mauer, UCF English associate professor, this was his exact experience when he took a graduate course with University of Florida English professor, Greg Ulmer.

"I can remember when I first met Ulmer. I was in one of his classes and he spoke to the class, and within about 15 minutes my life was changed to about an entirely new direction, and I've been following that path ever since," Mauer said.

Ulmer will be visiting UCF on Monday to lead a series of events: An open discussion from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. for students and faculty in the Teaching Academy room 130, a talk titled "Electracy" from 4:30 p.m. to 5: 30 p.m. in the same location and then a dinner at Ethos Vegan Kitchen at 6:30 p.m..

"[Ulmer's] going to be giving a general overview of Electracy, which is his term that's an update of the term literacy," Mauer said. "Literacy is the apparatus that relates to writing, and Electracy is the apparatus that relates to all of the technologies that have arisen since then; technologies of communication, so we're talking about things like photography, video, computers and so on."

UCF Texts and Technology Ph.D. Program is sponsoring the events, and those planning on attending are asked to RSVP to

Mauer describes Ulmer as a "pioneer [and] the most important theorist of new media in the world." He said the talk should appeal to everyone from the sciences to the humanities to the arts.


Alex Wexelman is a Senior Staff Writer for the Central Florida Future. Email him at

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