The McLuhan Centre for Culture & Technology Winter/Spring 2016 Program, University of Toronto

06Jan16

Winter/Spring 2016 program of events

A roster of programs for Winter/Spring 2016 brings together an eclectic mix of raconteurs, innovators, thinkers and doers from the university, the city and the larger global village.

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.

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 n the 21st century.
  • Collaborations with Digifest, Toronto’s international festival celebrating digital creativity, and with #Jane100, celebrating urban activist Jane Jacobs’ 100th Anniversary.
  • A public lecture by Joseph Morong, 2015 recipient of the Marshall McLuhan Award for Investigative Journalism, awarded annually by the Canadian Embassy in Manila.
  • 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: mcluhan.eventbrite.ca

Click here to download a detailed 28 page PDF of the Winter/Spring schedule: http://www.chi.utoronto.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/McLuhan-Centre-Winter-Spring-2016.pdf

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4 Responses to “The McLuhan Centre for Culture & Technology Winter/Spring 2016 Program, University of Toronto”

  1. 1 paologranata

    Great!

    Thank you Alex! Paolo

  2. Pensare nulla di esso!

  3. 3 Frank

    Ahhhh…. It seems only the already connected are able to register for the New Explorations Group? Is that true of other events also? I don’t do facebook. Is there some other way to register/participate or is McLuhan only for those already converted and prepared to drink Zuckerberg’s Koolaid?

    • No Frank, as the announcement states, the New Explorations Group is “Open to all interested parties”. The McLuhan Centre folks seemingly just didn’t want to use Eventbrite for reservations for it, for whatever reason. Most of us know how to use Facebook, as well as Google and other Net services, without being used by them or selling our souls to the devil. Your not wanting to use FB is not a problem. Send me an email with your full name and which NEG sessions you would like to attend, and I will pass it on to the people running that group. You can email me at AlexanderKuskis at Gmail dot com………….Alex


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