McLuhan Centre Spring Program Week 2: Monday Night Seminar, April 11; Workshop, April 12; Book Salon, April 13
BEYOND THE BUZZ – What holds the community together?
MONDAY, 11 APRIL, 2016, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
With Don Morrison, Douglas Rushkoff, Christina Zeidler
DON MORRISON was Chief Operating Officer of Research in Motion (now known as
BlackBerry), a position he held from 2000 until his retirement in the fall of 2011. Don is currently the Chairman and Founder of New Seeds: The Thomas Merton Centre for Interreligious Dialogue here in Toronto, and the Chair of the Board of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a member of the Board of the MasterCard Foundation focused on education and financial inclusion projects in Africa. Don was the recipient of the 2011 Human Relations Award from the Canadian Centre for Diversity.
DOUGLAS RUSHKOFF is the author of Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now as well as a dozen other bestselling books on media, technology, and culture, including Program or Be Programmed, Media Virus, Life Inc, the novel Ecstasy Club, and Coercion, winner of the Marshall Mcluhan Award for best media book. Winner of the Media Ecology Association’s first Neil Postman award for Career Achievement in Public Intellectual Activity, he is Professor of Media Theory and Digital Economics at CUNY/Queens. He wrote the graphic novels Testament and A.D.D., and made the television documentaries Generation Like, Merchants of Cool, The Persuaders, and Digital Nation. @rushkoff
CHRISTINA ZEIDLER is a film and video artist with over thirty short film and video titles in distribution, which have shown internationally at festivals and appeared on television and the web. Christina was named one of Toronto’s 10 best Filmmakers by Cameron Bailey and won the Best Canadian Media Award at the 2004 Images Film Festival. Her first feature film
“Portrait of a Serial Monogamist” (a lesbian romantic comedy about coming of middle age) will have its North American theatrical release in early 2016. As a curator and entrepreneur she is interested in building trust with cultural communities and communities of artists by creating space for people to engage in creative risk taking.This approach has informed her work as the “chief alchemist” of The Gladstone Hotel. @GladstoneHotel
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WORKSHOP – ETHNOGRAPHY LAB
TUESDAY, 12 APRIL, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
With Joshua Barker, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto
City as Subject, City as Sandbox:
How U of T’s Ethnography Lab is Embracing Toronto
The Ethnography Lab promotes ethnographic research methods and practice in the university and outside academia. Arranged in interest groups, the Lab explores the craft and impact of ethnography in the contemporary world. In this workshop, we will introduce and discuss the Ethnography Lab’s experiences developing the Kensington Market Research Project, a long-term effort by students, faculty, and community members to produce a body of rich and detailed knowledge about transformations underway in Toronto’s most celebrated multicultural heritage district.
WEDNESDAY, 13 APRIL, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
On the Nature of Media: Essays, 1952-1978
Gingko Press, 2016
With Philip Marchand, Eric McLuhan
Media studies has been catching up with McLuhan over the last 50 years. These essays are drawn from the most productive quartercentury of his career (1952-1978), and demonstrate his abiding interest in the materiality of mediation, from comic books to fashion, from technology to
biology. Anchoring these essays are four meditations on the work of his great predecessor, Harold Adams Innis, who first proposed the centrality of mediation to every facet of our daily lives. McLuhan took this task literally; rejecting the specialist approach of academic study, he published in mainstream magazines such as Look and Harper’s Bazaar on topics such as
sexuality and the fashion industry. The essays offer a rare glimpse into a great mind as it works out the implications of the effects of media not only on what we know but on how we are coming to understand our being.
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