McLuhan Program in Culture & Technology Monday Night Seminar, Nov 23 & McLuhan’s Wake Screening, Nov 25, The Coach House, Toronto


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Monday Night Seminar – Culture as Soft Power – Is there such a thing as a city culture?

With Ngaire Blankenberg, John Cruickshank, Gail Dexter Lord 

Monday, November 23, 6:00 pm to 8:00 PM

Location: The Coach House, 39A Queen’s Park Crescent, St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto

NGAIRE BLANKENBERG is a Principal Consultant at Lord Cultural Resources. She has been a youth worker, jazz poet, cartoonist, documentary-maker, and television producer. She directed the award winning documentary Morris Fynn Goes Native (SABC), was co-director of Nkosi’s Mission (SABC/BBC) and is the co-founder of the Museum of AIDS in Africa. She has advised museum and cultural clients in such cities as Washington D.C.; Patna;
Dharhan, Dubai, Beijing and Sydney.

JOHN CRUICKSHANK is the Publisher of the Toronto Star and President of Star Media Group. He has enjoyed a distinguished career in newspapers and television in both Canada and the United States. John’s continent-wide experience provides him with an in-depth knowledge of both the editorial and business side of media companies. He previously served as Publisher of CBC News, Publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times, Editor-in-Chief of the Vancouver Sun and Managing Editor of The Globe and Mail. He also worked for the Montreal Gazette and started his journalism career with the Kingston Whig Standard.

GAIL DEXTER LORD is co-founder and copresident of Lord Cultural Resources. With Barry Lord, she is co-editor of The Manual of  Museum Planning (1991, 1999, 2012), coauthor of The Manual of Museum Management (1997 and 2009) and Artists, Patrons and the Public: Why Culture Changes (2010). She is co-author with Kate Markert of The Manual of Strategic Planning for Museums (2007). Gail has led cultural and tourism plans for cities as well as planning, management and exhibition assignments for museums, galleries and cities. In 2014, Gail was appointed Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters by the Minister of Culture of France.

Screening “McLuhan’s Wake”   –   (Canada, 2002, 94 min.)

Wednesday, November 25, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM   –   at the Coach House
A film by Kevin McMahon and David Sobelman – This insightful documentary brings one of the most celebrated and controversial intellectual figures of the 20th century into the new millennium, demonstrating the relevance of McLuhan’s ideas to our wired, multicultural global village. McLuhan viewed media as environments that shape human life and argued the need for a science of media ecology to escape their effects. McLuhan’s new science took the form of four laws of media.  

ADDENDUM: The director of “McLuhan’s Wake” Kevin McMahon of Primitive Entertainment in Toronto, has agreed to attend and speak about the film, prior to its screening on the 25th. Co-producer and writer David Sobelman has also been invited and said he would try to make it as well. So, we will have first hand commentaries by at least one of the producers and possibly both of them. See

cover McLuhan’s Wake.

Kevin McMahon (Director).
Gerry Flahive (NFB Producer).

David Sobelman                                           (Writer, Co-producer)
National Film Board of Canada               with TVONTARIO, 

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