Invitation to Monday Night Webinar #9 on Facebook or YouTube – Monday, June 22, 8 to 10 PM


PandeMedia and Folklores from the Lockdown Age

Join us for the ninth Monday Night Webinar, Monday JUNE 22, 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. 

Special guests:
Julia Hildebrand, Luigi Ferrara, Mike Plugh, Corey, Anton

LINKS to the live stream:

Marshall McLuhan Facebook Group

The McLuhan Institute YouTube Channel

Biographies of the Guest Speakers

Dr. JULIA HILDEBRAND is an Assistant Professor of Communication at Eckerd College, Florida. Her research focuses on critical media studies and mobilities research with a special interest in mobile technologies, visual communication, and human-machine interactions. Her work has been published in journals such as Media, Culture, & Society, Explorations in Media Ecology, Mobile Media & Communication, and Mobilities. She is currently working on a book about camera drones as mobile media, titled Aerial Play: Media, Communication, Mobility, and Drones (Palgrave Macmillan). In 2019, she was awarded the John Culkin Award for Outstanding Praxis (with Barry Vacker) and the Walter Benjamin Award for Outstanding Article in the Field of Media Ecology (with Nick Grodsky and Ernest Hakanen). Just last week, she won the Harold A. Innis Award for Outstanding Dissertation in the Field of Media Ecology. Originally from Germany, Julia serves on the Executive Board of the Media Ecology Association. (

LUIGI FERRARA is the Dean of the Centre for Arts, Design and Information Technology at George Brown College in Toronto. He is a Registered Architect with seal, a member of the Ontario Association of Architects and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada as well as an Honorary Member of the Association of Chartered Industrial Designers of Ontario. In 2002, Luigi was appointed the Director of the School of Design at George Brown College. In 2007, his portfolio was enlarged and he was appointed Director, Centre for Arts and Design. In 2014, Luigi was appointed Dean of the Centre for Arts, Design and Information Technology. He also leads the Institute without Boundaries, George Brown College’s interdisciplinary think and do tank. He has served on the Board of the International Council of the Societies of Industrial Design (now World Design Organization WDO) and was elected President from 2003–2005. He is currently a WDO Senator. In 1995, Luigi Ferrara founded the Architectural Literacy Forum (ALF), a non-profit organization composed of volunteer architects committed to promoting the public appreciation of the built environment. Early in his career, Luigi worked for the internationally recognized architectural firm Stirling, Wilford Associates, and with local firms Peter Turner Architects, Paul Reuber Architect and Russocki Zawadzki Architects. He is a graduate with distinction of the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Toronto. 

MIKE PLUGH completed his PhD in the Media and Communication program at Temple University, and was a Lecturer in the Department of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University for four years before taking a position as an Assistant Professor of Communication at Manhattan College. Mike’s scholarship is informed by the media ecology and general semantics traditions, particularly with respect to the writing of Neil Postman. His masters thesis “Progressive Political Identity Construction in Web-Based Social Network Environments”was completed at Fordham University. Mike has been teaching for over 9 years, including several years with children and teens, and with undergraduate students at Manhattan College, Fordham University, Akita International University, and Ursinus College. Mike is the President of the New York State Communication Association. (

COREY ANTON is an award-winning teacher and author at Grand Valley State University in Michigan as well as a Fellow of the International Communicology Institute. His publications can be found in journals such as “Philosophy and Rhetoric”, “Communication Theory,” “Human Studies,” and “The American Journal of Semiotics.” His books include: Selfhood and Authenticity (2001, SUNY Press), Sources of Significance: Worldly Rejuvenation and Neo-Stoic Heroism (2010, Purdue University Press), Communication Uncovered: General Semantics and Media Ecology (2011, Institute of General Semantics) and the edited collections Valuation and Media Ecology: Ethics, Morals, and Laws (2010, Hampton Press), Korzybski And… (with Lance Strate, 2012, Institute of General Semantics) and Taking Up McLuhan’s Cause (with Lance Strate and Robert K. Logan, 2017, Intellect, Ltd). Anton currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Institute of General Semantics, and on the editorial boards of The Atlantic Journal of Communication, Media Ethics, and Explorations in Media Ecology. (

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