Invitation to Monday Night Webinar #6 on Facebook or YouTube – Monday, June 1, 8 to 10 PM


PandeMedia and Folklores from the Lockdown Age

Join us for the sixth Monday Night Webinar, Monday JUNE 1st, 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:
B.W. Powe, Jaqueline McLeod Rogers, Carolin Aronis, Cathy Adams

LINKS to the live stream:

Marshall McLuhan Facebook Group

The McLuhan Institute YouTube Channel:

Biographies of the Guest Speakers

B.W. POWE has been teaching in the English Department at York University in Toronto since 1995. He is a writer – poet, novelist, essayist, and critic. His influential writings on Marshall McLuhan, Northrop Frye, and Pierre Trudeau have been widely-praised, as have his poetry and novels, including Outage and These Shadows Remain, longlisted for the ReLit Prize. His current research has been into visionary and mystical traditions. He has also been involved in literacy initiatives involving both York University and Frontier College. He earned an MA degree from the University of Toronto, where he studied with Marshall McLuhan and Northrop Frye. He earned a PhD from York University in Toronto with a thesis on McLuhan and Frye, their crossings in history, their agon and complementarity (their conflicts and harmonies), and the stirring alchemy of their thought. (

JAQUELINE MCLEOD-ROGERS is a Professor, and Chair of the Department of Rhetoric, Writing, and Communications at the University of Winnipeg. She is a feminist scholar with a long-term commitment to developing and promoting writing and language-based education courses responsive to cultural diversity. Her central research interest is in urban rhetorics, which aims at developing the language of relationship and revealing complex relational networks – revealing the self in social and material contexts, amidst a spinning web of relational ties. Her research and publications are on urban media, rhetorics, and on Marshall McLuhan. She recently co-edited a special edition of the journal Imaginations on “McLuhan and the Arts” (published online December 2017; in print, 2018). She is currently completing a 5-chapter book on McLuhan’s city (under contract with Lexington Books). (

CAROLIN ARONIS is an Affiliated Faculty member of Communication Studies at Colorado State University, and a Postdoctoral Scholar and a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Communication at Boulder. Her research is placed at the intersection of critical media studies, media ecology, gender studies, architecture, and rhetoric of racism, sexism, and anti-Semitism. Much of her work relates to innovative communicative perspectives on media, intimacy, urban life, motherhood, activism, and death. She holds a PhD in Media and Communication Studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2015). Her PhD research, “Mediated Public Intimacy,” earned the distinguished four-year Hebrew University Presidential Scholarship. She completed part of her doctoral work as a visiting scholar at the University of Colorado in Boulder. (

CATHY ADAMS is affiliated with the Faculty of Education’s Technology and Learning Sciences Lab (TALS) at the University of Alberta. She is currently a Mitacs Research Council (MRC) board member, a member of the executive board of the Media Ecology Association, and part of the Pan-Canadian K-12 Computer Science Framework Advisory Group. She has served as Pedagogy Editor for Explorations in Media Ecology, and on the editorial executive of the open access journal, Phenomenology and Practice. Other projects include maintaining Max van Manen’s website, a popular resource for human science researchers. She recently headed up the research assessment team for the CanCode-funded Callysto project, a free, interactive, curriculum-based Computational Thinking and Data Science development tool for schools. Drawing on links between phenomenology, pedagogy, and philosophy of technology and media scholarship, Dr. Adams’ research program addresses digital technology integration across K-12 and post-secondary educational environments; ethical and pedagogical issues involving digital media in schools… (

B.W. Powe’s latest book, The Charge in the Global Membrane, which has received rave reviews. See

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