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6 Things You Should Know About Themed Experiences

6 Things You Should Know About Themed Experiences

Ever wondered how The Walt Disney Company designs a new park? There are so many bits and pieces to “the happiest place on earth” that it might seem like magic, but there is a process that goes into creating every aspect — from the smallest sign to the biggest ride. And despite how intricate and […]

UCF’s Common Read is a Conversation Starter

On a lively summer afternoon in Orlando, Anna Lillios is winding down for the day in Moscow. The UCF professor of English is in the middle of a month-long stay in Russia on a Fulbright-Hays project and, even though it’s bedtime, when she hears that someone back in Central Florida wants to talk about Zora […]

7 Little-Known Facts about the Declaration of Independence

UCF lecturer David Head barely needs notes to teach the course U.S. History: 1492-1877. He wrote a book on early America, edited the 300,000-word Encyclopedia of the Atlantic World, 1400–1900, and is currently in the middle of another three-year book project focused on George Washington. Did you know? It took six months for all the […]

5 Minutes With the Professor Whose Popular Class Analyzes Harry Potter

UCF English Professor Tison Pugh teaches the big-name literature classes: Shakespeare. Chaucer. Rowling. Yes, Rowling, as in J.K. Rowling, creator of Harry Potter. As you might guess, it’s the Rowling class that fills up the fastest. “We can learn a lot from the Harry Potter books,” says Pugh, a voracious reader who knows a good […]