McLuhan Centre Spring Program Final Events: Monday Night Reception & Discussion, May 16; Panel Discussion, May 18


Winter/Spring 2016 program of events

Monday, 16 May, 6 PM – Special Event: Canadian Content in a Digital World

Richard Stursberg will moderate a group of thinkers (Don McLean, Peter GrantRamona Pringle, Tessa Sproule) in response to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Meanie Joly, asking for comments on the future of media and Canadian Content in a digital world.

“Canada’s cultural and creative industries are important drivers of innovation and a vibrant part of our economy. The intersection of culture and technology holds tremendous potential for our country’s growth and prosperity.
As we adjust to the realities of rapid technological advances and changing consumer behaviour, I am launching consultations to better understand the challenges and opportunities brought on by this transformation.
These consultations will provide an opportunity to listen and learn from Canadians and examine the federal government’s current cultural policy toolkit.
This project is driven by our belief that the time is ripe to review the role of the federal government in helping Canada’s creative sector navigate this transformation and chart a course to ensure that we are poised to position ourselves as global leaders.
As we engage in the pre-consultation phase of this project, I invite you to help define the scope of the consultation….”

Peter Grant is Counsel and past chair of our Technology, Communications and Intellectual Property Group in Toronto. He has pioneered the field of communications law in Canada, and his practice is substantially devoted to this field, including broadcasting and cable television licensing, satellite services, copyright negotiations, mass media and press law, cultural industries and telecommunications regulation.

Don McLean, Dean of the Faculty of Music since 2011, is best known as an innovative leader, faculty administrator, and professor of music theory and musicology. Awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal through the Canada Council in 2012 for his “exploration of the changing context of music in the academy and society, and innovations in infrastructure development and interdisciplinary teaching and research,” Dean McLean is also known for his signature black T-shirts.

Ramona Pringle (MPS, BFA) is a producer, interactive video artist and host. She specializes in digital multiplatform production and has developed and produced work for CBC, TVO, CTV and PBS where she worked as interactive producer on Frontline’s Digital Nation.
Ramona is currently in production on, which explores the evolving relationship between people and technology, and an interactive documentary project based on her research project Avatar Secrets which has been featured in the New York Times, and presented at events including SXSW, TEDx and Ignite.

Richard Stursberg is a Canadian Media Executive. He has been head of all English services at the CBC, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada, Chairman of the Canadian Television Fund, President of Starchoice and Cancom (now Shaw Direct), President of the Canadian Cable Television Association and Assistant Deputy Minister of Culture and Broadcasting for the Government of Canada. He is currently President of Aljess, a boutique consulting firm. He is the author of The Tower of Babble (2012), named one of the best books of the year by the Globe and Mail.

Tessa Sproule is a digital innovator, visionary leader and change agent with an intense clarity of vision for the future and proven intuition for identifying opportunities in the unrelenting advance of disruptive technologies in the media space. For nearly two decades, she worked with the CBC at the front lines as the media landscape changed, leading legacy media’s response through the dramatically shifting storytelling space. Now she takes a place at the front of the shift as the co-founder VUBBLE, a soon-to-launch digital content discovery service that merges human curation with artificial intelligence in the on-demand short-form video space.

WHEN – Monday, 16 May 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT) Add to Calendar
WHERE – McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology Coach House Institute – 39A Queens Park Crescent E Off 121 St. Joseph st., Toronto, ON M5S 2C3 – View Map
Seasonal Reception.
The event is free and open to the public. You are encouraged to register online.



Wednesday, 18 May 2016, 6:008:00 PM

The Association for Media Literacy in association with the McLuhan Centre for Culture & Technology presents…..

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SPECIAL EVENT – Is there a crisis in critical thinking?

There is understandable excitement in living, teaching and learning through media technologies. But are we studying technologies’ effects on thinking, learning and relating? Does 21st Century life need a strong dose of Marshall McLuhan?
Critical Thinking
Dr. Sarah Sharma: Director, McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology
Sylvie Webb: English/Language Arts Coordinator, Toronto District School Board, Media Studies Additional Qualifications Instructor, Author
Carol Arcus: Vice President, The Association for Media Literacy
Agnes Kruchio: Researcher, editor, author, librarian, educator, University of Toronto
Neil Andersen: President, Association for Media literacy, Media Studies Additional Qualifications Instructor, Author

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