Invitation to Monday Night Webinar #4 on Facebook or YouTube – Monday, May 18, 8 to 10 PM


PandeMedia and Folklores from the Lockdown Age

Join us for the fourth Monday Night Webinar, Monday MAY 18th, 8:00-10:00 PM EST: PandeMedia and Folklores from the Lockdown Age.

In a playful, relaxed, and experimental online format, a panel of participants will explore the mosaic of the metaphoric global village in light of the current global crisis, as a source of knowledge and inspiration.

Hosted by Paolo Granata
Special guests:
R.H. Thomson, Rea Beaumont, Ramona Pringle, Barry Vacker 

LINKS to the live stream:

Marshall McLuhan Facebook Group

The McLuhan Institute YouTube Channel:

Biographies of the Guest Speakers 

R.H. THOMSON – In 2015, Canadian stage and screen actor RH Thomson was awarded the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement and the ACTRA Award of Excellence.  He was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 2010 and has been given an Honorary Doctorate from Trinity College, University of Toronto. He has appeared in theatres across Canada and has filmed in Canada, the US, Greece and the Czech Republic most recently in Chloe directed by Atom Egoyan. He has earned Gemini, Genie, Dora and Merritt awards for his work and recently directed The Crucible at Theatre Calgary and performed [the role of Marshall McLuhan in his final year of life] in The Message by Jason Sherman and This Was The World by Ellie Moon at the Tarragon Theatre Toronto. He played Matthew Cuthbert in the CBC/NETFLIX series Anne With An E for which he has received two Canadian Screen Awards. As well as being an advocate for the arts, Mr. Thomson has worked on many history/education/arts projects. For the First World War Centenary, he built the multi lingual project The World Remembers-Le Monde Se Souvient, an international WWI Commemoration with installations across Canada and in four other nations –

REA BEAUMONT is a pianist and composer known for her powerful performances and innovative concert programs that continue to captivate audiences.  “An internationally recognized interpreter,” Beaumont performs a wide range of repertoire, including lesser-known works and those by Canadian composers. She has premiered over 60 works in collaboration with esteemed Canadian composers such as R. Murray Schafer, Barbara Pentland, Oskar Morawetz, composer-pianist Anton Kuerti, and others. As a composer, Rea Beaumont’s works are reviewed as having “compositional prowess.”  Trained at the Universities of Toronto and British Columbia, RCM, Eastman School of Music, and The Banff Centre for the Arts, Beaumont earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano & Conducting, a Master of Music, Bachelor of Music in Music Education.

RAMONA PRINGLE is creator, educator, journalist and researcher focused on the intersection of technology, creativity and the human experience. Currently, she is Director of the Creative Innovation Studio at Ryerson University, which is home to three incubators, the Transmedia Zone, the Fashion Zone, and the Design Fabrication Zone, as well at HQ, a venue for immersive experiences and presentations, and the Global Campus Studio, a virtual hub that fosters international collaborations and co-creations. She is an associate professor in the RTA School of Media, named by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the world’s top film schools, within the esteemed Faculty of Communication and Design. Ramona is a technology columnist for CBC News and CBC Radio, with a weekly syndicated column on the social side of tech, examining the ways in which digital culture is changing every aspect of our lives, cities, and work.

BARRY VACKER is an Associate Professor in the Klein College of Communication at Temple University. He is a media theorist and mixed-artist whose works span the intersection of art, film, media, science, technology, and philosophy. Author of numerous books and articles, Vacker’s recent books include the third edition of Media Environments (2019) and Black Mirror and Critical Media Theory (2018). Vacker’s art and creative works twice received an international  award: the 2010 and 2019 John Culkin Award from the Media Ecology Association. Entitled “Media(s)cene,” Vacker’s recent large-scale art installation was featured during the 2019 Media Ecology Convention at the University of Toronto and he gave a lecture about this art and writings at the 2019 Festival Internacionale de Arte Contemporaneo in Leon, Mexico. Vacker’s TV and radio interviews include talking with Anderson Cooper about the The Matrix and Studio 360/Public Radio International about 2001: A Space Odyssey. Barry is co-founder of the annual Temple-Arcosanti program, where students travel to the eco-city in Arizona to study media, ecology, and technology. He also enjoys teaching large lecture courses with 200+ students, especially Media and Society.

R.H. Thompson as Marshall McLuhan in The Message, at the Tarragon Theatre, Toronto

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