Dubbed “The Explainer” by Wired magazine, YouTube phenom Dr. Michael Wesch is a cultural anthropologist exploring the effects of new media on society and culture. Wesch will deliver the talk “The End of Wonder in the Age of Whatever!” at 4 p.m. Monday, April 8, 2013, in Aycock Auditorium at UNCG. The talk is free and open to the public, including students and teachers from any school, parents and entrepreneurial groups.

Wesch is an associate professor of cultural anthropology at Kansas State University known worldwide for his studies of the effects of social media and digital technology on global society. He is the Coffman Chair for Distinguished Teaching Scholars and was named the 2008 CASE/Carnegie Professor of the Year for Doctoral and Research Universities.

Wesch’s insightful videos, which help interpret the digital world in which we live, have more than 21.5 million hits on YouTube, according to Dr. Patrick Lee Lucas, director of the University Teaching and Learning Commons at UNCG, which is sponsoring the visit.

“He looks beyond the moving images to interpret their effects on our everyday lives,” Lucas said. “In doing so, he shows us ways to connect with our students as individuals who strive for life-long learning.”

Wesch’s visit is funded through a Title III grant for faculty development. Lucas has encouraged UNCG professors to bring their classes to the talk as a way to engage their students in spirited conversations across disciplines about a vision of students today.

“You will find that Mike Wesch explains the mercurial world in less than 45 minutes and helps you and your students see their place within it,” Lucas said. “If I had a 4 p.m. class of students, I’d definitely require them to be in the room.”