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50th Anniversary of the Centre for Culture & Technology

50th Anniversary of the Centre for Culture & Technology
Multiple locations
Time: Oct 23rd, 5:00 pm End: Oct 24th, 9:30 pm
Interest Categories: Science/Technology, Philosophy (UTSC), Philosophy (UTM), Philosophy (FAS), Information, Faculty of, History & Philosophy of Science & Technology (FAS), English and Drama (UTM), English (UTSC), English (FAS), Digital Art/Humanities, Critical Theory, Communications, Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (UTM), Cinema
Lecture series

On October 24, 1963, John Kelly, president of St. Michael’s College, and Claude T.  Bissell, president of the University of Toronto, together decided to establish the Centre  for Culture and Technology under the leadership of Marshall McLuhan. The Centre became McLuhan’s office in the English Department at St. Michael’s College.

While McLuhan was at Fordham University in 1967 and ’68, Professor Arthur Porter, the acting director of the Centre, secured the Coach House building located at 39A Queen’s  Park Crescent East to move the Centre for Culture & Technology.

On October 23 and 24, 2013 the Coach House Institute (CHI) of the  Faculty  of
Information at the University of Toronto, formerly  known as the  Centre for Culture and Technology and later the  McLuhan Program in  Culture and Technology, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Centre for Culture & Technology with:

-- a series of events (see full program below or download the PDF of the event attached), and

-- the inaugural Culture and Technology Lecture Series, a graduate student-led initiative (http://mcluhan.ischool.utoronto.ca/culture-and-technology-lecture-series/). PhD and Masters students at the Faculty of Information, affiliated with the Coach House Institute, want to  hear fresh and engaging perspectives on the nature of  information itself-and to  ask whether, and if so how, fundamental theories of information incorporate, accommodate, or abstract away from the diverse  epistemic and ontological commitments of varied communities.


WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 23, 2013 – Coach House Institute (Formerly, Centre for Culture & Technology), 39A Queens Park East, Toronto

5:00-5:15 p.m. Welcoming words
Seamus Ross (Dean, iSchool, UofT), Dominique Scheffel-Dunand (Director, McLuhan Program in Culture & technology, UofT, and Centre for Research on Language Contact, YorkU)

5:15-5:30 p.m. Launch of exhibit at the Coach House
Greetings: Michael McLuhan, Eric McLuhan, Anne Dondertman (Associate Librarian for Special Collections and Director of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library)

“All media work us over completely” - Exhibit curator: Chris Young (PhD Student, iSchool,

5:30-6:00 p.m. Inaugural lecture of the 2013 Culture & Technology Lecture Series
Keynote: Brian Cantwell Smith (Director Coach House Institute, UofT)

6:00-9:00 p.m. Wine & cheese - Storytelling about Marshall McLuhan
Host: Michael Edmunds (Former Executive Director, McLuhan Program in Culture & Technology)

Participants: David Nostbakken (Strategist and entrepreneur at N + N), Gerry Flahive (National Film Board of Canada), Panchal Mansaram (Artist), Steve Kline (Professor, Simon Fraser University), Adeena Karasick (Adjunct Professor, Fordham University)

THURSDAY OCTOBER 24, 2013 - Coach House Institute (Formerly, Centre for Culture & Technology), 39A Queens Park East, Toronto

10:30-12:30 p.m. Culture & Technology: A name? An idea? A place? A network?
Moderator: Domenico Pietropaolo (Principal of St. Michael’s College, UofT)

Participants: David Olson (Professor Emeritus, OISE, UofT), Derrick de Kerckhove (Professor Emeritus, UofT), Francesco Guardiani (Italian Studies, St. Michael College, UofT), Dominique Scheffel-Dunand

Local network: Louise Poissant (Doyenne, Faculté des arts, UQÀM), Gale Moore (Professor Emeritus, Former Director, Knowledge Media Design Institute, UofT)

International network: Maria Pia Rossignaud (Media Duemila)

12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30-2:30 p.m. Making sense of Culture & Technology: How prescient & relevant is McLuhan today? The next generation’s point of view

Moderator: Mark Chignell (Director, Knowledge Media Design Institute, UofT)

Participants: Brian Griffin (PhD Student, iSchool, UofT), Andrea Grassi (Master’s
Student, iSchool, UofT); Mark Sedore (PhD Student, iSchool, UofT), Jenna Jacobson (PhD Student, iSchool, UofT); Adam Pugen (PhD Student, iSchool, UofT)

3:00-5:00 p.m. Massaging Culture & Technology: How prescient & relevant is McLuhan? A suspended judgement

Moderators: Leslie Regan Shade (Associate Professor, iSchool, UofT)

Participants: Bob Logan (Professor Emeritus, Physics, UofT), Lance Strate (Professor, Fordham University), Matt Ratto (Assistant Professor, iSchool, UofT), Janine Marchessault
(Professor, Film, YorkU), Joshua Meyrowitz (Professor, Communication, University of New Hampshire), Paul Hoffert (Professor, Digital Media, YorkU)

Respondent: Steve Kline

THURSDAY OCTOBER 24, 2013 – Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, Maclean-Hunter Room, 120 St. George Street, University of Toronto

7:00-8:30 p.m. 2nd lecture of the 2013 Culture & Technology Lecture Series

Keynote: Dominique Wolton (Director, Institut des sciences de la communication du CNRS, Directeur, Hermès, CNRS éditions, Paris, France) In conversation with: Guy Proulx (Professor, Psychology, Glendon College, YorkU), Hervé Saint-Louis (PhD Student, iSchool, UofT), Anthony Wensley (Director of the Institute of Communication, Culture & Information Technology, UTM)

8:30-9:30 p.m. Reception - Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

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