A McLuhan Centenary Symposium – Fordham University Lincoln Center Campus


The September 17 Symposium will feature a keynote by Eric McLuhan; talks on new media by Paul Levinson, Bob Logan, and Bob Blechman; a session on McLuhan at Fordham featuring his former students including Pete Fornatale and John Carey, as well as his former assistant Paul Ryan; a session on McLuhan and Theology featuring a talk by Joseph Kim; a screening of the rarely seen 1961 television program The Gutenberg Galaxy, produced by Gary Gumpert; followed by a panel discussion with Gumpert, Joshua Meyrowitz, Daniel Czitrom, Paul Grosswiler, and the new head of the McLuhan Program at the University of Toronto, Dominique Scheffel-Dunand. In conjunction with the centenary celebrations, we will also have a special preview screening of Tiffany Shlain’s documentary, Connections, on September 25.

Here’s the tentative schedule:

Media at the Center
A McLuhan Centenary Symposium
Fordham University Lincoln Center Campus
McNally Auditorium, Law School Building
140 W. 62nd Street, Between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues
New York, New YorkSeptember 17, 2011
Free and Open to the Public

9:00-10:30 AM   –   McLuhan at Fordham: A Roundtable Discussion, Moderator: Lance Strate, Fordham University
Panelists: John Carey, Fordham University, Jacqueline Egan, QD Healthcare Group, Pete Fornatale, WFUV, Anthony Perrotto,
Independent Video Producer, 
Paul Ryan, New School for Social Research

10:30-11:00 AM   –   Break

11:00-12:00 AM   –   McLuhan and Theology, Moderator: John M. Phelan, Fordham University
Presentation: “Marshall McLuhan’s Theological Anthropology”, Joseph Kim, Lancaster Bible College
Discussants: Babette Babich, Fordham University, Eric McLuhan, University of Toronto, Paul Ryan, New School for Social Research

12:00-1:30 PM   –   Break

1:30-3:00 PM   –   McLuhan and New Media, Moderator: Janet Sternberg, Fordham University
Presentations: “Digital McLuhan”, Paul Levinson, Fordham University; “Understanding New Media”, Robert K. Logan, Ontario College of Art and Design; Confessions of a Would-Be Twitter Novelist“, Robert Blechman, St. George’s University

3:00-3:30 PM   –   Break

3:30 PM-4:30 PM   –   Keynote Address, Moderator: Andrew McLuhan; “Media and Formal Cause”, Eric McLuhan, University of Toronto

4:30 PM-5:00 PM   –   Reception and Book Signing for Media and Formal Cause by Marshall and Eric McLuhan

5:00-7:00 PM   –   Break

7:00 PM   –   Media at the Center,  Moderator: Lance Strate, Fordham University
Screening: The Gutenberg Galaxy, 1961 television program produced in Detroit by Gary Gumpert
Panelists: Daniel Czitrom, Mount Holyoke College, Paul Grosswiler, University of Maine, Gary Gumpert, Urban Communication
Joshua Meyrowitz, University of New Hampshire, Dominique Scheffel-Dunand, University of Toronto

Media at the Center
A McLuhan Centenary Event
Fordham University
September 25, 2011

1:00-5:00 PM   –   Preview Screening of Connections, a new film by Tiffany Shlain, Followed by a Panel Discussion.

Further information available at: http://www.fordham.edu/McLuhan/

 Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980) at Fordham, circa 1967, with John Culkin, at that time a Jesuit and Professor of Communication at Fordham. Culkin brought McLuhan to Fordham for the 1967-1968 school year as the Albert Schweitzer Professor of the Humanities.

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