Invitation to Monday Night Webinar #7 on Facebook or YouTube – Monday, June 8, 8 to 10 PM


PandeMedia and Folklores from the Lockdown Age

Join us for the seventh Monday Night Webinar, Monday JUNE 8, 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:
Richard Grusin, Andrey Miroshnichenko, David Nostbakken, Beatriz Polivinov

LINKS to the live stream:

Marshall McLuhan Facebook Group

The McLuhan Institute YouTube Channel:

Biographies of the Guest Speakers

RICHARD GRUSIN was re-named C21 Director starting with the 2017-18 academic year and is a Professor of English at University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. He previously served as director from 2010-15. Professor Grusin received his Ph.D. from the University of California–Berkeley, and has held faculty appointments at the College of William and Mary, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Wayne State (where he chaired the Department of English from 2001 to 2008). He brings an outstanding record of institutional service and interdisciplinary scholarship to UWM, and is the author of four books: Transcendentalist Hermeneutics: Institutional Authority and the Higher Criticism of the Bible (Duke, 1991); Remediation: Understanding New Media (MIT, 1999), co-authored with Jay David Bolter; Culture, Technology, and the Creation of America’s National Parks (Cambridge, 2004); Premediation: Affect and Mediality After 9/11 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). (

ANDREY MIROSHNICHENKO – I am a media futurologist and journalist with 20+ years in the print media. I had been working as an editor in the press for more than twenty years, then wrote the book “When newspapers die” and left the sport. Since 2010, I have worked as a media theorist, consultant and columnist on media for various outlets.
I am a coordinator for the Russian Association of Futurologists, a Fulbright-Kennan scholar (Wilson Center in Washington, DC, 2012-13). Currently I am a PhD student in communication and culture at York University, Toronto with the focus on media ecology, impacts of new media, and fake news. My previous dissertation, in journalism and linguistics, focused on semantic and linguistic structures of propaganda (1996). My books explore a range of ideas related to media in the areas of linguistics, politics, PR, corporate communication, journalism, transhumanism, and singularity. My blog at deals with old and new media.

DAVID NOSTBAKKEN, PhD is the President of N + N (Nostbakken and Nostbakken Inc) with a focus on Strategic Communication, Social Marketing, and Social Entrepreneurship. For more than thirty years, Nostbakken and Nostbakken Inc. (N&N)
has provided strategic planning, research and evaluation, management auditing, concept development, interpretive planning, creative direction, production, facilitation and training services to a wide variety of clients in Canada and abroad. Dr. Nostbakken was Founding President of WETV Network International, a global network on sustainable development, carried worldwide through 50 broadcast partners. In his former role as Director of Communications with Canada’s International Development Research Centre, he inaugurated a teachers’ institute bringing educators to Costa Rica for a practicum in developing environmental curriculum. Dr. Nostbakken has a Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in educational theory, specializing in communication, from the University of Toronto, where he was teaching assistant to Marshall McLuhan. His research and teaching at university level have since focused on effective uses of new technologies for public education and social change. (

BEATRIZ POLIVINOV is a tenured professor at the Media and Cultural Studies Department, and of the Graduate Program in Communication at Fluminense Federal University (UFF), Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She is currently a visiting professor at the AHCS Department at McGill University (March 2019 – March 2020), where she develops her new research entitled “Electronic music scenes and social network sites: feminine (in)visibility in Brazil and Canada”. She obtained her doctoral and MA degrees, with funding from Brazilian agency CAPES. She holds a BA in Arts (English and Portuguese Languages and Literatures) and a licentiate degree in Education from Rio de Janeiro Federal University (UFRJ), concluded “cum laude”. She is the author of the book “Identity dynamics in social network sites: a study with participants of electronic music scenes on Facebook” (published in Portuguese, in 2014, based on her PhD thesis).

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