McLuhan Program in Culture & Technology Announces Winter & Spring Progams for 2016


New Coach Hose

CITY AS CLASSROOM Winter & Spring Programs

The McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology, Faculty of Information (iSchool) at the University of Toronto, is pleased to announce a Winter/Spring 2016 rollout of events.

This is a broad overview of the scheduled programming; detailed descriptions and dates of all events will be published here in the near future. Stay tuned.

Weekly bull sessions carry on the “Monday Night Seminar” tradition of McLuhan, where open, frank and sometimes explosive exchange takes place in the same intimate Coach House setting where McLuhan once held court. In this up-close and personal environment, a range of participants – academics, business people, scientists, artists, designers and planners – explore the mosaic of the metaphoric city as a source of knowledge and inspiration.

Faculty members of the iSchool share their innovative projects and discoveries in a winter series of workshops and UofT lab researchers lead a spring series intended to help us better know who we are in the university community. These workshops are open to all within and outside academia.

The New Explorations Group series is designed and conducted by graduate students at the iSchool to challenge the conventional, to push boundaries and to carve out new paths. Open to all interested parties.

A series of Book Salons highlights new book launches, including recent arrivals with McLuhan-related themes or texts springboarding from McLuhan thought.

A Video Lounge program showcases some rare film and documentaries that focus on McLuhan’s intellectual influence during the Sixties and Seventies.

Special events include:
Town Hall meetings featuring leading figures with ideas to share about the way ahead in the 21st century.
Collaborations with Digifest, Toronto’s international festival celebrating digital creativity, and with #Jane100, celebrating urban activist Jane Jacobs’ 100th Anniversary.
The launch of a mobile app “McLuhan Walks”, a digitally-enhanced self-guided tour of the city.
A summer school designed to engage recognized scholars from around the world for an advanced program of study in culture and technology.
An international conference (October 27-30, 2016) in partnership with the University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto, to explore the tradition of the so-called Toronto School and to consider how we might build on its legacy today.

This program of events is designed to challenge notions, provoke thought and help us imagine our collective future. Come join the conversation!

All events are free and open to the public. You are encouraged to register online:   (Source: )


The Monday Night seminar of Dec. 7, 2015 with John Ralston Saul

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