The New McLuhan Program Launch of “City as Classroom: Ideas Without Walls” – Oct. 20, The Coach House, University of Toronto



Housewarming, May 2, 1969. Rene Cera, Marshall McLuhan, Professor Arthur Porter – U of Toronto Archives, Robert Lansdale Photography Ltd

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend the launch of the McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology (at the Coach House Institute) fall 2015 seminar, workshop and special event series line up.

A half century ago the late Marshall McLuhan launched the Centre for Culture and Technology at the University of Toronto where he meditated, taught and held court in his famous Monday Night Seminars.  Pierre Trudeau, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Margaret Atwood, Malcolm Muggeridge, Tom Wolfe, Woody Allen, and Northrop Frye are just a few of those who once had contact with Marshall McLuhan through the Centre for Culture and Technology.

The McLuhan’s Monday Night Seminars are back, and more. The new series, called “City as Classroom: Ideas Without Walls”, steps outside the university classroom wallse!  and into the city itself as a source of inspiration, knowledge with access to remarkable people, who will meet with us to discuss the big ideas of our time. Well known intellectuals, practitioners and raconteurs as well as city planners, academics, artists, business people, scientists, musicians and media figures will be participants, in the very Coach House where Marshall McLuhan fired our creative imagination.

Finally, in celebration of a half-century McLuhan legacy, and to usher in a revitalized McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology for the 21st century, the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, in partnership with the University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto, will celebrate the 52th Anniversary of the opening of the University of Toronto’s Centre for Culture & Technology (founded on October 24rd 1963 by Marshall McLuhan), and new signage at the McLuhan Centre will be officially unveiled.

Dr. Seamus Ross, Dean of the iSchool, and Coach House Institute Acting Director, will present the fall program of events conceived to engage a growing community of intersecting ideas in casting a forward vision from the prescient legacy of Marshall McLuhan.

Members of the McLuhan family, Michael McLuhan, Eric McLuhan, and Stephanie McLuhan, as well as the McLuhan Centenary Fellows 2015/2016, Andrew Chrystall, Paolo Granata, David Nostbakken, John Oswald, and Sandy Pearlman, will be on hand at the Launching Kick-off event.

The public are invited to mix it up over shared narratives on Marshall McLuhan and refreshments.

About The McLuhan Program for Culture and Technology
The McLuhan Program’s mandate is to encourage understanding of the impact of technology on culture and society from theoretical and practical perspectives, continuing and building on the ground-breaking work initiated by Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980). McLuhan’s meteoric influence in the late twentieth century was electrifying and global, and has emerged as prescient in the rapidly changing digital global village of the 21st century.

Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2015 – 18:00 to 20:00
Location: Coach House Institute / McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology. 39A Queen’s Park Crescent East, Toronto. Free parking available off 121 St. Joseph St. See MAP:








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