McLuhan in New York: The Video of the Event, October 13, 2017


Harley Parker, Ted Carpenter, Marshall McLuhan, John Culkin, SJ (Click on image for enlarged view)

McLuhan in New York, sponsored by Fordham University and St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto at Fordham University, 13 October 2017

From Fall 1967 to Spring 1968, Canadian media theorist Marshall McLuhan spent one academic year in New York City as the Albert Schweitzer Chair of the Humanities at Fordham University, invited by John Culkin S.J., Chair of the Department of Communications at Fordham. McLuhan in New York took the city by storm. The vibrant New York intellectual and artistic vortex provided the right kind of environment to germinate McLuhan’s provocative and unconventional ideas, to capture the city’s imagination. McLuhan’s impact at Fordham was also instrumental in drawing worldwide attention to the idea that technological engagement plays a fundamental role in the structuring of human perception.

On Friday, October 13th, 2017, Fordham University at its at Lincoln Center campus in Manhattan hosted a public event with Eric McLuhan, Paul Levinson, and John Carey, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of McLuhan’s intellectual presence in New York City. The initiative’s goal was not only to pay homage to McLuhan and his intellectual legacy, but also to probe how McLuhan’s work is still pertinent to the general understanding of our media environment today.

The “McLuhan in New York” event is presented by the Department of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University in New York and the Book & Media Studies Program at the St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto, in conjunction with the Estate of Marshall McLuhan.


Eric McLuhan, Independent scholar: The Lost Tetrads

Paul Levinson, Fordham University: The Omnipotent Ear

John Carey, Fordham University: The Responsive Chord, 2017 (Foward to)

Welcoming words:                                                                                                            Jacqueline Reich, Fordham University                                                                                Paolo Granata, University of Toronto

Video by Hopeton Campbell; Thanks, Claudia Rivera and Chris Vicari

Note: The audio problems have been corrected between 1hr 19 min 37 and 1hr 23 min 18 sec on this version of the video.


2 Responses to “McLuhan in New York: The Video of the Event, October 13, 2017”

  1. 1 paullev

    a corrected version of the video is at


    • Paul, I think I changed the address of the video in the original post to the address of the corrected version after I saw your announcement of the change on Facebook. But, now I’ll have to check to make sure. Thanks.


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