McLuhan Program Monday Night Seminar, June 18, The Coach House Institute, University of Toronto


Monday Night Seminar: Making Sense of Place

Monday, June 18, 2012 at 6:00 PM (ET)

The Coach House, 39a Queen’s Park Crescent, Toronto, Ontario

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Forty years ago, media theorist 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). McLuhan foresaw that expanding digital media would reshape the very fabric of society. His vision was cultural, not technological, and his methods were to look askance, and ask probing questions.

In his honour, the Coach House Institute of the UofT Faculty of Information has relaunched the Monday night seminar series in this same Coach House. 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.

Don’t miss our final seminar topic this term … and future announcements:

MAKING SENSE OF PLACE – Sidestage realities intersecting narratives of media influence


Joshua Meyrowitz, Professor & Chair of Communication Department, University of New Hampshire in Durham; Author of No Sense of Place: The Impact of Electronic Media on Social Behavior

Shawn Micallef, Author of Frontal TO and Stroll: Psychogeographic Walking Tours of Toronto; Senior Editor Spacing; Co-founder [murmur], Toronto Star columnist, & 2011-2012 Canadian Journalism Fellow at University of Toronto’s Massey College

Derrick de Kerckhove, Professor emeritus, University of Toronto; Author of The Skin of Culture and Connected Intelligence


Sharon Switzer – TBA, Artist; Director, TUFF and Art for Commuters; Programming curator at Pattison Onestop, which owns and operate

Dominique Scheffel-Dunand (Professor of Linguistics (York University); Director of McLuhan Program in Culture & Technology (University of Toronto)

The Monday Night Seminar series has been an ongoing event offered by the Faculty of Information McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology at the University of Toronto running until Winter/Spring 2013. It invites intellectuals, (re)searchers, artists, practitioners and cultural activists to convene and engage in intense intellectual dialogues-from edgy seminars to intense conversations and imagine 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. Hosted by iSchool @ the University of Toronto, St. Michael’s College @ the University of Toronto, and McLuhan100.

Joshua Meyrowitz Josh Meyrowitz

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