Marshall McLuhan Commemorative Plaque Unveiled at St. Michael’s College, Toronto

14Oct11

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The Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources (MP for Eglinton-Lawrence), right, was at the University of Toronto this morning to unveil a plaque commemorating the national historic significance of Marshall McLuhan. McLuhan’s son Michael, left, was among the approximately 100 guests who gathered to remember his father’s innovative work, which probed the influence of the printed word on society. As the plaque notes, “The concepts of the ‘global village’ and ‘the medium is the message’ made McLuhan one of the most celebrated scholars in the Western world.” (Photo Lilie Zendel)  http://tinyurl.com/3segamq  

 Dean Seamus Ross (Faculty of Information, UofT), Michael McLuhan (son of Marshall McLuhan), the Hon. Joe Oliver (Minister of Natural Resources and MP), Philip Marchand (author, McLuhan biographer), Prof. Anne Anderson (President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St Michael's College), and MC for the event, Dr. Richard Alway (the first lay President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St. Michael's College)

The event was presided over by the Hon. Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources and Member of Parliament for Eglinton-Lawrence, Dr. Seamus Ross, Dean of the Faculty of Information, U of T, Michael McLuhan (son of Marshall McLuhan), Philip Marchand (author, McLuhan biographer), Prof. Anne Anderson (President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St Michael’s College), and MC for the event, Dr. Richard Alway (the first lay President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St. Michael’s College). The Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada hosted the event, supported by Parks Canada.

“A plaque in his honour helps to remind all who see it of McLuhan’s innumerable contributions to the intellectual life of the University and how we have come to approach debates about technology, culture, and society,” said Dr. Seamus Ross, Dean of the Faculty of Information. “As a University, he left us much legacy to build on and… McLuhan’s intellectual legacy remains vibrant and the University’s commitment to it strong.”  http://tinyurl.com/43e2zpd


The ceremony was also attended by Michael McLuhan’s children,Gwendolyn and Arthur, and Marshall’s son Eric’s children, Andrew and Anna.

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