McLuhan Centre Spring Program Week 3: Monday Night Seminar, April 18; Video Lounge, April 19


Winter/Spring 2016 program of events


MONDAY, 18 APRIL, 2016, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

With Sanaa Ali-Mohammed, Greg Van Alstyne, Alessandro Ruggero

SANAA ALI-MOHAMMED is a grassroots innovator and researcher with a passion for community building and devising solutions to social exclusion in various contexts. She was on the 2015 Samara Canada Everyday Political Citizen shortlist for her role in Young, Canadian and Muslim: Making Our Ballots Count!, working with DawaNet’s Project Civic Engagement and the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM). Sanaa has also been a researcher with the Tessellate Institute for a number of years, studying the lived experiences of diverse groups in Canada. Her MA major research paper is an ethnographic study of women’s post-secondary education and activism in Saudi Arabia. @sancastic

GREG VAN ALSTYNE is an accomplished futurist, designer, educator and researcher with extensive experience in creative concept development, writing, visualization, art direction, and design management. His strengths include presentation, process facilitation, and team management, as well as program development, group critique, and evaluation. Greg’s career spans more than twenty-five years, including interaction, communication and exhibition design, design strategy, strategic foresight and innovation consulting. He has developed graphic, environmental and interaction design for publishers, agencies and brands in Canada, United States and Europe. @gregvan

ALESSANDRO RUGGERA received his degree in Italian literature at Università Ca’ Foscari, Venice  (1995). His teaching career began in 1996 as lecturer at the University of Prague, where he taught until 2002. He began working with the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs in 2008. In 2011 he became director of the Italian Cultural Institute in Addis Ababa. In 2015 he became director of the Italian Cultural Institute in Toronto. @IICToronto



VIDEO LOUNGE – Video McLuhan

A selection from a set of six video tapes gives the viewer every bit of the feeling of being with McLuhan – a rare, extremely stimulating, and sometimes frustrating experience. Written by Tom Wolfe and produced by Stephanie McLuhan-Ortved (1996).

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