Monday Night Seminars Resume, McLuhan Coach House, April 9, Toronto

Image of Marshall McLuhan Courtesy the University of Toronto Archives and Robert Lansdale Photography Limited  

Image of Marshall McLuhan Courtesy the University of Toronto Archives and Robert Lansdale Photography Limited

The McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology of the Coach House Institute, Faculty of Information (UofT, resumes the Spring series of the Monday Night Seminars at the McLuhan Coach House on April 9.

Topic: Books: The Humanistic Roots of The University

Date: Monday, 2012/04/09 – 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Place: 39A Queen?s park Crescent East, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5S 2C3


Elena Lamberti (Research Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, University of Bologna, Italy);

Eric McLuhan (Director, Media Studies at The Harris Institute for the Arts in Toronto; and McLuhan Centenary Visiting Fellow 2011-2012, University of Toronto);

Marc Glassman (Founder of TINARS (This Is Not a Reading  Series)                                           

Probe: Nachshon Goltz (Doctoral student, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University)

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Background: 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 has re-launched the Monday night seminar series. 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?




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