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The McLuhan Program launches “City as Classroom: Ideas Without Walls”

October 15, 2015

Toron­to, ON — The McLuhan Mon­day Night Sem­i­nars are back, and more. The McLuhan Pro­gram in Cul­ture and Tech­nol­o­gy at the Coach House Insti­tute, Fac­ul­ty of Infor­ma­tion, at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to, will announce its fall 2015 roll­out of sem­i­nars, work­shops and spe­cial events at a spe­cial event on Octo­ber 20, and media are invit­ed to find out more over shared nar­ra­tives on famed media the­o­rist, Mar­shall McLuhan.

A half cen­tu­ry ago, the late Mar­shall McLuhan launched the Cen­tre for Cul­ture and Tech­nol­o­gy at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to where he med­i­tat­ed, taught and held court in his famous Mon­day Night Sem­i­nars. Pierre Trudeau, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Mar­garet Atwood, Mal­colm Mug­geridge, Tom Wolfe, Woody Allen, and Northrop Frye are just a few of those who inter­act­ed with McLuhan at the Cen­tre.

A new series, called “City as Class­room: Ideas With­out Walls,” steps out­side the uni­ver­si­ty class­room walls and into the city itself as a source of inspi­ra­tion, knowl­edge with access to remark­able peo­ple, who will meet with us to dis­cuss the big ideas of our time.

Final­ly, in cel­e­bra­tion of a half-cen­tu­ry McLuhan lega­cy, and to ush­er in a revi­tal­ized McLuhan Cen­tre for Cul­ture and Tech­nol­o­gy for the 21st cen­tu­ry, the Fac­ul­ty of Infor­ma­tion at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to, in part­ner­ship with the Uni­ver­si­ty of St. Michael’s Col­lege in the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to, will cel­e­brate the 52th Anniver­sary of the open­ing of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toronto’s Cen­tre for Cul­ture & Tech­nol­o­gy (found­ed on Octo­ber 24rd 1963 by Mar­shall McLuhan), by unveil­ing new sig­nage.

WHO:  Well known intel­lec­tu­als, prac­ti­tion­ers and racon­teurs as well as city plan­ners, aca­d­e­mics, artists, busi­ness peo­ple, sci­en­tists, musi­cians and media fig­ures will be par­tic­i­pants, in the very Coach House where Mar­shall McLuhan fired our cre­ative imag­i­na­tion.

Mem­bers of the McLuhan fam­i­ly, Michael McLuhan, Eric McLuhan, and Stephanie McLuhan, as well as the McLuhan Cen­te­nary Fel­lows 2015/2016, Andrew Chrys­tall, Pao­lo Grana­ta, David Nos­t­bakken, John Oswald, Sandy Pearl­man, will be on hand at the Launch­ing Kick-off event.

Dr. Sea­mus Ross, Dean of the Fac­ul­ty of Infor­ma­tion (iSchool), and Coach House Insti­tute Act­ing Direc­tor, will present the fall pro­gram of events con­ceived to engage a grow­ing com­mu­ni­ty of inter­sect­ing ideas in cast­ing a for­ward vision from the pre­scient lega­cy of McLuhan.

WHEN: Tues­day, Octo­ber 20th 2015, 6 pm to 8 pm

WHERE: Coach House Insti­tute, 39A Queen’s Park Cres­cent East, Toron­to (free park­ing avail­able off 121 St. Joseph St.

About The McLuhan Pro­gram for Cul­ture and Tech­nol­o­gy

The McLuhan Program’s man­date is to encour­age under­stand­ing of the impact of tech­nol­o­gy on cul­ture and soci­ety from the­o­ret­i­cal and prac­ti­cal per­spec­tives, con­tin­u­ing and build­ing on the ground-break­ing work ini­ti­at­ed by Mar­shall McLuhan (1911–1980). McLuhan’s mete­oric influ­ence in the late twen­ti­eth cen­tu­ry was elec­tri­fy­ing and glob­al, and has emerged as pre­scient in the rapid­ly chang­ing dig­i­tal glob­al vil­lage of the 21st cen­tu­ry.

About the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toronto’s Fac­ul­ty of Infor­ma­tion (iSchool)

Known as Canada’s glob­al infor­ma­tion school, the iSchool, which hous­es the McLuhan Pro­gram, is a lead­ing grad­u­ate-lev­el edu­ca­tor in the fields of infor­ma­tion sci­ences, library stud­ies, archives and records man­age­ment, dig­i­tal cura­tion, knowl­edge man­age­ment, muse­um stud­ies, and cul­ture and tech­nol­o­gy.


Space is lim­it­ed. For more infor­ma­tion or to reserve a seat:

Kath­leen O’Brien, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Offi­cer, Fac­ul­ty of Infor­ma­tion, U of T
Tel. 416.978.7184 or