Launch of the Coach House Institute & Culture & Technology Lecture Series

13Oct13

Built in 1903, the Coach House, 39A Queen’s Park Crescent East, has been the home of the Marshall McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology at the University of Toronto, since 1968.

By Kathleen OBrien – Wed, 10/09/2013

Professor and Director of the Coach House Institute (formerly known as the Centre for Culture and Technology under Professor Herbert Marshall McLuhan), Brian Cantwell Smith, will launch the yearlong, public Culture and Technology Lecture Series for the Institute on October 23, in celebration of its 50th anniversary.
 
After a warm welcome by Dean Seamus Ross, Dominique Scheffel-Dunand (Director, McLuhan Program in Culture & Technology, UofT), the Institute will launch an exhibit entitled “All media work us over completely” curated by PhD student Chris Young, followed by a Keynote address from Professor Cantwell Smith. A wine & cheese reception and storytelling about Marshall McLuhan will follow.

The inaugural speaker series will be held the next evening, October 24, by Dominique Wolton,Directeur, ISCC & Hermes, CNRS editions, Paris, France.

The Culture and Technology Lecture Series is a student-led initiative, organized by PhD and Masters students interested in the concept of information. This initiative has been planned in conjunction to the launch of the Culture & Technology concentration to the Faculty of Information Master of Information program to start in fall 2013 highlighting core research strengths in the field of Culture & Technology.

Lectures in the Series will focus on whether, and if so how, fundamental theories of information incorporate, accommodate, or abstract away from the diverse epistemic and ontological commitments of varied communities. Our target is the cultural dimension of information, that is — not merely the contextual specificity of information content and use, but cultural specificities in the notion of information itself.

Speakers confirmed in this year’s Lecture Series include:
Brian Cantwell Smith 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013

4:30pm -5:45pm, with reception to follow. Coach House, 39A Queen’s Park Crescent East
Dominique Wolton 

Thursday, October 24. 2013
7:00PM – 8:30PM, with reception to follow. Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, Maclean-Hunter Room.

Sandra Braman 
November 12, 2013
7:00PM – 8:30PM, with reception to follow. Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, Maclean-Hunter Room.

Ian Hacking
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
7:00PM – 8:30PM, with reception to follow. Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, Maclean-Hunter Room.

Pieter Adriaans 
February 2014

Jenna Burrell
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
7:00PM – 8:30PM, with reception to follow. Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, Maclean-Hunter Room.

See more details at: http://mcluhan.ischool.utoronto.ca/culture-and-technology-lecture-series/

Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 – 17:00 to 18:00

Location:

Coach House, 39A Queen’s Park Crescent East
McLuhan at the Coach House
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