50th Anniversary of the Opening of the Centre for Culture & Technology at the University of Toronto

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 a PDF of the event), and the inaugural Culture and Technology Lecture Series, a graduate student-led initiative. 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. and a year long inaugural Culture and Technology Lecture Series

Wednesday October 23, 2013

Coach House Institute

5:00-5:15 p.m. Welcoming words
Seamus Ross (Dean, iSchool, UofT), Dominique Scheffel- Dunand (Director, McLuhan Program in Culture & tech- nology, 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, UofT)

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 (Profes- sor, Simon Fraser University), Adeena Karasick (Adjunct Professor, Fordham University)

Thursday October 24, 2013

Coach House Institute

10:30-12:30 p.m. Culture & Technology: A name? An idea? A place? A network?
Moderator: Domenico Pietropaolo (Principal of St. Mi- chael’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

Fisher Rare Book Library

7:00-8:30 p.m. 2nd lecture of the 2013 Culture & Technology Lecture Series
Keynote: Dominique Wolton (Director, Institut des sci- ences 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


Coach House Institute
(formerly, Centre for Culture & Technology)
39A Queen’s Park Crescent East, Toronto

Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, Maclean-Hunter Room
120 St George Street, Toronto


Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library
University of Toronto

Département d’Études françaises
University of Toronto

École des Affaires Publiques et Internationales
York University (Glendon College)

Centre de recherche sur le contact linguistique
York University (Glendon College)

Centre d’Études de la France et du monde francophone
University of Toronto

Institute of Communication, Culture and Information Technology
University of Toronto