Archive for the ‘Ideas’ Category

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, […]


For Media Literacy Week Is fake news really the problem?  While the term appears in the headlines and on the lips of everyday internet users, is ‘fake news’ really the problem? Or are we facing something much more complex? Mark Surman, Executive Director of the Mozilla Foundation, takes us on a winding journey through misinformation, […]


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 […]


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 […]


Wednesday, September 26 at 7:00 – 8:00 pm (Doors open 6:30 pm) The Royal Ontario Museum, Bronfman Hall, Level 2, 100 Queen’s Park, Toronto, ON, M5S 2C6 Program Partner: The McLuhan Salons series presented by St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto. Join leaders in the arts community for an in-depth panel discussion on gender and power dynamics […]


“The electric light escapes attention as a communication medium just because it has no ‘content.’ And this makes it an invaluable instance of how people fail to study media at all. For it is not till the electric light is used to spell out some brand name that it is noticed as a medium. Then […]


 (Click on the image to expand the view) DESCRIPTION The symposium is to celebrate and mark the designation of the Marshall McLuhan Library held at the the University of Toronto and the McLuhan Archives held at Library and Archives Canada into the UNESCO Memory of the World Register.  It will occur at the Fisher Rare Book Library, 120 St. George Street at the University […]


Produced by the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) –  Published on Aug 16, 2018   From 2014-2017, the ROM acquired over 700 works of art—paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, fabrics, film—from the archive of Panchal Mansaram (b. 1934), one of the few artists of the South Asian diaspora whose career in Canada stretches over 50 years. This video […]