Monday Night Seminars @ the Coach House, Toronto


Marshall McLuhan - Monday Night Seminar

The McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology of the Coach House Institute, Faculty of Information, resumes the Monday Night Seminars at the University of Toronto’s legendary McLuhan Coach House.

Program for Fall 2011:
“The Edge of Academe”

What: Monday Night Seminar
Time: 6:00-8:00 pm
When: Four Mondays, starting Oct. 17 2011 (also: Oct. 31, Nov. 14, and Nov. 28)
Where: 39A Queen’s park Crescent East, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5S 2C3

Hosted by iSchool @ the University of Toronto, St. Michael’s College @ the University of Toronto, McLuhan100

Forty years ago, famous media theorist and professor Marshall McLuhan taught a series of legendary “Monday night seminars” in the celebrated Coach House—located on the physical, intellectual, and organizational boundary of the University of Toronto (UofT).
In his honour, the McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology in the Coach House Institute of the UofT Faculty of Information is re-launching the Monday night seminar series at the Coach House. The program for fall 2011, “The Edge of Academe,” will begin on Oct. 17th, 2011.
The aim of the series is to renew the Coach House’s role as a space to enlist the most searching minds, the most intense visionaries, the fiercest imaginations—and give them a still, quiet place to unfetter their imaginations & (re)think the digitally-mediated world.

McLuhan foresaw that expanding digital media would reshape the very fabric of society. His vision was cultural, not technological; his methods, to look askance, and ask probing questions. In his honour, we aim not at the (so-often fetishized) technologies, digital and social media, patterns of communication, and effects of information on society. Rather, the aim of the Monday night seminars will be at a higher level. How will we fashion discourse, community, culture, authority & expertise? What will be the cartographies of learning, responsibility, and compassion in this digitally mediated landscape? What will happen to learning, to inquiry, to critical intellectual debate? What will be the role of the university—and what will such a university be like?
We will set aside a priori commitment to institutional form, and imagine where intellectuals, (re)searchers, artists, practitioners and cultural activists can convene to explore the possibilities of inquiry, investigation, and debate. What would it be to recognize the far-flung forms of intense intellectual dialogues—from edgy seminars to off-beat journals to intense conversations in coffee-houses and parks? How can we exploit our familiarity with digital media and harness the technologies of change to unleash a vibrant future for profound, discontinuous, soul-redefining encounters?

Program for Fall 2011: “The Edge of Academe”

17 October 2011, 6:00-8:00 pm
39A Queen’s park Crescent East, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5S 2C3

New foundations (epistemology, ontology, ethics) for our digital world

— Pier Giorgio Di Cicco (City of Toronto second poet Laureate);
— Brian Cantwell Smith (Prof. of Information, Philosophy, Computer Science, Faculty of Information, Univ. of Toronto);
— Daniel Robinson (2011 McLuhan Centenary Visiting Fellow, Faculty of Information, Univ. of Toronto; Prof, Univ. of Western Ontario)
— Lidija Sabados (Munk School of Global Affairs, Univ. of Toronto);
— Lisa Torjman (Manager, Social Innovation Projects, MaRS Discovery District)

31 October 2011, 6:00-8:00 pm
39A Queen’s park Crescent East, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5S 2C3

Artist as Harbringer of Cultural Change

— Maurice Benayoun & Florence Besançon (Université Paris 8 & École Nationale des Beaux Arts de Paris);
— Lisa Steele & Kim Tomczak (VTape and Art History, U. of Toronto (not confirmed));
— Stephen Kline (McLuhan Centenary Visiting Fellow; Simon Fraser University)
Probe: Adam Lauder (York University)

7 November 2011

McLuhan100 THEN NOW NEXT International Conference and DEW Line Festival. Check conference program

14 November 2011, 6:00-8:00 pm
39A Queen’s park Crescent East, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5S 2C3

Artifact as Memory

— Daniel Caron
— Seamus Ross (Dean, Faculty of Information, Univ. of Toronto)
— Shepard Fairey (Obey Giant Art and Studio Number One (not confirmed)
— Paolo Granata (McLuhan Centenary Visiting Fellow; U. of Bologna)
Probe: Martin Boyd (Translation studies, Glendon College, York University)

28 November 2011, 6:00-8:00 pm
39A Queen’s park Crescent East, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5S 2C3

Performance, a Critical Path

(Details TBA)                

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