50th Anniversary of the Opening of McLuhan’s Centre for Culture & Technology, University of Toronto



On October 24, 1963, John Kelly, president of St. Michael’s College, and Claude T. Bissell, president of the University of Toronto, together decided to establish the Centre for Culture and Technology. The Centre became McLuhan’s office in the English Department at St. Michael’s College.

While McLuhan was at Fordham University during 1967 and ’68, Professor Arthur Porter, the acting director of the Centre, obtained the Coach House for McLuhan’s Centre. Upon McLuhan’s return from New York in 1968 the Centre moved into its new home at 39A Queen’s Park Crescent East.


WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 23, 2013 – Coach House Institute (Formerly, Centre for Culture & Technology), 39A Queens Park East, Toronto

5:00-5:15 p.m. Welcoming words

Seamus Ross (Dean, iSchool, UofT), Dominique Scheffel-Dunand (Director, McLuhan Program in Culture & technology, UofT, and Centre for Research on Language Contact, YorkU)

5:15-5:30 p.m. Launch of exhibit at the Coach House

Greetings: Michael McLuhan, Eric McLuhan, Anne Dondertman (Associate Librarian for Special Collections and Director of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library)

“All media work us over completely” – Exhibit curator: Chris Young (PhD Student, iSchool, UofT)

5:30-6:00 p.m. Inaugural lecture of the 2013 Culture & Technology Lecture Series

Keynote: Brian Cantwell Smith (Director Coach House Institute, UofT)

6:00-9:00 p.m. Wine & cheese – Storytelling about Marshall McLuhan

Host: Michael Edmunds (Former Executive Director, McLuhan Program in Culture & Technology)

Participants: David Nostbakken (Strategist and entrepreneur at N + N), Gerry Flahive (National Film Board of Canada), Panchal Mansaram (Artist), Steve Kline (Professor, Simon Fraser University), Adeena Karasick (Adjunct Professor, Fordham University)

THURSDAY OCTOBER 24, 2013 – Coach House Institute (Formerly, Centre for Culture & Technology), 39A Queens Park East, Toronto

10:30-12:30 p.m. Culture & Technology: A name? An idea? A place? A network?

Moderator: Domenico Pietropaolo (Principal of St. Michael’s College, UofT)

Participants: David Olson (Professor Emeritus, OISE, UofT), Derrick de Kerckhove (Professor Emeritus, UofT), Francesco Guardiani (Italian Studies, St. Michael College, UofT), Dominique Scheffel-Dunand

Local network: Louise Poissant (Doyenne, Faculté des arts, UQÀM), Gale Moore (Professor Emeritus, Former Director, Knowledge Media Design Institute, UofT)

International network: Maria Pia Rossignaud (Media Duemila)

12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30-2:30 p.m. Making sense of Culture & Technology: How prescient & relevant is McLuhan today? The next generation’s point of view

Moderator: Mark Chignell (Director, Knowledge Media Design Institute, UofT)

Participants: Brian Griffin (PhD Student, iSchool, UofT), Andrea Grassi (Master’s Student, iSchool, UofT); Mark Sedore (PhD Student, iSchool, UofT), Jenna Jacobson (PhD Student, iSchool, UofT); Adam Pugen (PhD Student, iSchool, UofT)

Senate Chambers, Glendon Campus, York University, 2275 Bayview Avenue (concurrent with proceedings at U of T)

3:00-4:30 p.m. Mondes francophones (Senate Chamber, Glendon College, York University)

Keynote: Dominique Wolton (Directeur, ISCC & Hermès, CNRS éditions, Paris, France)

3:00-5:00 p.m. Massaging Culture & Technology: How prescient & relevant is McLuhan? A suspended judgement

Moderators: Leslie Regan Shade (Associate Professor, iSchool, UofT)

Participants: Bob Logan (Professor Emeritus, Physics, UofT), Lance Strate (Professor, Fordham University), Matt Ratto (Assistant Professor, iSchool, UofT), Janine Marchessault (Professor, Film, YorkU), Joshua Meyrowitz (Professor, Communication, University of New Hampshire), Paul Hoffert (Professor, Digital Media, YorkU)

Respondent: Steve Kline

THURSDAY OCTOBER 24, 2013 – Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, Maclean-Hunter Room, 120 St. George Street, University of Toronto

7:00-8:30 p.m. 2nd lecture of the 2013 Culture & Technology Lecture Series

Keynote: Dominique Wolton (Director, Institut des sciences de la communication du CNRS, Directeur, Hermès, CNRS éditions, Paris, France) In conversation with: Guy Proulx (Professor, Psychology, Glendon College, YorkU), Hervé Saint-Louis (PhD Student, iSchool, UofT), Anthony Wensley (Director of the Institute of Communication, Culture & Information Technology, UTM)

8:30-9:30 p.m. Reception – Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

DOWNLOAD A PDF OF THE EVENT: 50th Anniversary Brochure



No Responses Yet to “50th Anniversary of the Opening of McLuhan’s Centre for Culture & Technology, University of Toronto”

  1. Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: