Philip Marchand Wins the 2012 Herbert Marshall McLuhan Award
- Marchand’s was the first biography of Marshall McLuhan and is still an essential reference work on the life and ideas of his one time teacher. “Beautifully written. . . . brings instant recognition of that weird, exhilarating vortex of ideas that McLuhan meant to us. . .” – Toronto Globe & Mail; “The best–I might say the only good–précis of McLuhan’s thought I have ever read.” — Los Angeles Times Book Review
- His cataloguing of McLuhan’s papers for the National Archives of Canada has provided scholars with a valuable resource for future research.
- He has spoken on McLuhan at scholarly conferences such as the York University McLuhan Conference (1997) and the Legacy of McLuhan Symposium at FordhamUniversity (1998).
- His Toronto Star journalism frequently consisted of entire articles on the work and ideas of Marshall McLuhan especially, but also frequent allusions to McLuhan’s ideas that were applied in Marchand’s book reviews and commentaries on media in general. A search of the Toronto Star’s online full-text article archive reveals 110 references to McLuhan in his journalism since 1985, which is not surprising, given his expertise on the subject. However, his writing also references other key media ecologists: Eric McLuhan (13 references), Neil Postman (5 refs), Walter Ong (2 refs), Harold Innis (4 refs.) etc. The cumulative effect gave considerable prominence and attached importance to the work of Marshall McLuhan and other media ecologists.
The McLuhan Legacy Network – with over 250 members the MLN was founded in Toronto in 2010 to facilitate the McLuhan Centenary celebrations in 2011 and continues to celebrate and promote Marshall McLuhan’s legacy in cooperation with the University of St. Michael’s College and the Estate of Marshall McLuhan. If you would like to join the MLN, please contact co-founder Bob Logan at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The University of St. Michael’s College – One of the oldest of the seven colleges at the University of Toronto’s downtown St. George campus, St. Mike’s offers a close-knit community which maintains its Catholic identity, while welcoming people of all backgrounds. Marshall McLuhan taught at St. Mike’s from 1946 until his death in 1980.
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