Archive for the ‘Academic’ Category

How books irrevocably changed culture, according to media philosopher Marshall McLuhan Explore McLuhan’s theory on print culture and its influential hold over civilization. By Mike Colarossi   –   December 5, 2018 Marshall McLuhan said the advent of printed books gave way to print culture, of which he believed went on to shape and mold Western culture’s […]


The Hudson’s Bay Company crest includes four beavers and the Latin Pro Pelle Cutem, which translates to “skin for leather.” By Virginia Heffernan  a WIRED contributor HAVING GNAWED THEIR way across the Bering Land Bridge with their iron-glazed teeth, beavers by the tens of millions straight-up built North America. They worked like rodent Romans, subjugating the deciduous forests with formidable infrastructure: […]


Brennan Hall, St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto CALL FOR PAPERS – Deadline for submission: extended to JAN 15, 2019 The Media Ecology Association invites paper and panel proposals for presentation at its 20th Annual Convention, taking place on 27-30 June 2019 in Toronto. We welcome submissions that encompass the broad array of disciplines focusing on […]


ABS-CBN Integrated News and Current Affairs’ Jeff Canoy with Canada Ambassador H.E. John AHolmes. Reporting from the Margins: The role of journalism in covering crises and conflict situations Join us on Thursday November 15th, 6:00 PM at the Basilian Common Room, Brennan Hall (2nd floor, east side entrance) [map] at St. Michael’s College (81 St Mary Street, Toronto). Jeff Canoy, […]


Hugh Kenner (1923-2003) By Michael Dirda, Critic, October 10, 2018 “Questioning Minds: The Letters of Guy Davenport and Hugh Kenner” has been for me, and will be for many others, the most intellectually exhilarating work published in 2018. In roughly 1,000 letters, mainly from the 1960s and ’70s, two of the great literary polymaths of the second […]


Click on image for enlarged view R. Bruce Elder’s Cubism and Futurism: Spiritual Machines and the Cinematic Effect Filmmaker, writer and professor Elder’s new book traces the rise of a new scientific theory, which changed our conception of time, space, objecthood and personhood and demanded revolutionary, new art forms. ABOUT THE BOOK Cubism and Futurism […]


By Elaine Kahn This book features the edited and annotated complete correspondence between two intellectual giants of the 20th century — Pierre Elliott Trudeau and Marshall McLuhan — from the moment of Trudeau’s election as prime minister of Canada in 1968 to McLuhan’s death in 1980. In the letters, the two men — both serious Catholics — delve into contemporary […]


Western thought patterns are highly abstract, compared with Eastern. There developed in the West, and only in the West, a group of innovations that constitute the basis of Western thought. These include (in addition to the alphabet) codified law, monotheism, abstract science, formal logic, and individualism. All of these innovations, including the alphabet, arose within the very narrow geographic zone between the […]


Join us for the premiere of Forgotten Genius: The Boy Who Invented Electronic TV – honouring the groundbreaking work of Inventor, Philo T. Farnsworth! Thursday, October 11th at 6:30 PM – 11:00 PM MZTV Museum of Television & Archive 64 Jefferson Ave, Toronto (Liberty Village) The event is free. RSVP Required Presented by the St. Michael’s College – the […]


Click on the image for an enlarged view. A day of free communications and media programming. Featuring creative and scholarly presentations, film screenings, and a book launch. Primarily understood as a communication theorist and philosopher of media, Marshall McLuhan talked about the various technologies of communication, printing, film, photography, theatre, and dance. His predictions from […]