Lines of Thought

7:30-9:30 p.m. Walter Hall, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto 6:00-7:15 p.m. Reception

Curators: John Oswald & Dominique Scheffel-Dunand

On June 20, during the 15th annual convention of the Media Ecology Association in Toronto, The Faculty of Information Coach House Institute at the University of Toronto will hold an evening of conversations to [...]

Jenna Burrell April 29 7:00 PM at Fisher Rare Book Library

Materiality of Rumor Jenna Burrell, UC Berkeley

In this talk I will discuss rumors as a type of small media and as ‘secondhand accounts’ rather than ‘false tales.’ Over the years, I have encountered a number of rumors while doing ethnographic fieldwork in Ghana including one about Bill Gates – the illiterate dropout, [...]

Pieter Adriaans March 25 7:00 PM at Fisher Rare Book Library

Information, art and meaning: Painting as a post-saturation discipline Pieter Adriaans, University of Amsterdam

There is no doubt that the theories of information and computation are valuable tools for the analysis of objects of art and their production. They help us to model the cognitive processes involved in the understanding and appreciation of [...]

Eileen Mangubat – Journalism in time of Haiyan: The evolving role of the community press in covering natural disasters

The Faculty of Information Coach House Institute at the University of Toronto and Sun Life Financial Canada are pleased to announce a McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology public lecture by Eileen Mangubat, 2013 Winner of the Marshall McLuhan Prize. The Faculty of Information Coach House Institute at the University of Toronto and Sun Life [...]

Sandy Pearlman February 11 7:00 PM at Fisher Rare Book Library

As The Age of Saturation Encounters Asymptopia, Or, As You Like It

“Ah, music,” he said, wiping his eyes. “A magic beyond all we do here!”
~ Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone


“Music is a hidden arithmetic exercise of the soul, which does not know that it is counting.”

Bernd Frohmann February 25 7:00 pm at Fisher Rare Book Library

Document, Index, Trace, and Death: Briet’s Antelope Lessons Venue: Fisher Rare Book Library 120 St. George Street

Coach House Institute Lecture series on Culture & Technology (C&TLS)
The first third of this paper is about my concept of documentality, which I think avoids some dead ends in thinking about documentation in general. [...]

Lecture/Celebration: Fisher Library Acquisition of Marshall McLuhan Personal Library

Larry P. Alford, Chief Librarian, University of Toronto, and Anne Dondertman, Director of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, cordially invite you to attend a lecture followed by a reception in celebration of the Fisher Library’s acquisition of the personal library of Professor Marshall McLuhan.

Dr. Eric McLuhan and Andrew McLuhan will speak on the [...]

Dominique Wolton October 24 7:00 pm at Fisher Rare Book Library

Information is not Communication

Second lecture of the 2013 Coach House Institute Lecture series on Culture & Technology (C&TLS)
Keynote: Dominique Wolton (Directeur, Institut des sciences de la communication du CNRS, Directeur et fondateur, Hermès, CNRS éditions, Paris, France)

In conversation with: Guy Proulx (Psychology, Glendon College, York University, Former Director of the Cognitive [...]

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

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: [...]

McLuhan: Social Media Between Faith and Culture

An International Conference at St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto

Dates:  September 21-22, 2012
Location: Charbonnel Lounge, Elmsley Hall, 81 St. Mary Street, (

Opening Keynote speaker:  Prof. Elena LAMBERTI
Closing keynote speaker:  Dr. Eric McLUHAN
Free admission

The purpose of this conference is to consider the work [...]

Making Sense of Place

Forty years ago, media theorist Marshall McLuhan taught a series of legendary “Monday night seminars” in the celebrated Coach House—located on the physical, intellectual, and organizational boundary of the University of Toronto (UofT). McLuhan foresaw that expanding digital media would reshape the very fabric of society. His vision was cultural, not technological, and his methods [...]

Digital Technologies and the Life of The Mind

Join the Coach House Institute for the second in a series of Monday Night Seminars for Spring 2012. Tonight’s theme – ‘Digital Technologies and the Life of The Mind’.

7 May 2012, 6:00-8:00 pm
39A Queen’s park Crescent East, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5S 2C3

As Marshall McLuhan foresaw, the expanding ubiquity of digital media [...]

The New Sensorium

Embodied perception, extensions of humanity and digital communication

An international symposium, 20-21 April 2012, BIOS, Athens

The Department of Communication, Media and Culture of Panteion University and its postgraduate programme in Cultural Management, in association with the Coach House Institute (CHI) and its McLuhan Program in Culture & Technology (MPCT) at the Faculty of Information [...]

Spring series of the Monday Night Seminars, 2012 April 9

The McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology of the Coach House Institute, Faculty of Information (UofT, resumes the Spring series of the Monday Night Seminars at the McLuhan Coach House on April 9.

Topic: Books: The Humanistic Roots of The University

Date: Monday, 2012/04/09 – 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Place: 39A Queen?s park Crescent East, Toronto, [...]

Ceremony Celebrates Marshall McLuhan’s Historical Significance

The national historical significance of the late Marshall McLuhanwas celebrated on October 14 at St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto, where he taught, with the unveiling of a plaque to be placed at 96 St. Joseph St., also known as “Marshall McLuhan Way”. The event was presided over by the Hon. Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources [...]

McLuhan Centenary Visiting Fellows

The Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, is pleased to announce five communications and media experts have been chosen as the first McLuhan Centenary Visiting Fellows with the McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology, signifying a revitalization of the previously unpaid Fellowship program.

Dr. Dimitris Gkinosatis, Dr. Paolo Granata, Dr. Stephen Kline, Dr. Eric McLuhan and Dr. Daniel Robinson will spend [...]

Edge of Academe – Monday Night Seminar

The McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology of theCoach House Institute, Faculty of Information, resumes the Monday Night Seminars at the University of Toronto’s legendary McLuhan Coach House.

What: Monday Night Seminar
Time: 6:00-8:00 pm
When: Four Mondays, starting Oct. 17 2011 (also: Oct. 31, Nov. 14, and Nov. 28)
Where: 39A Queen’s park Crescent East, Toronto, Ontario, [...]

McLuhan Thinkers Converge in Toronto

First International McLuhan Conference and Festival

The legendary media theorist Marshall McLuhan will be celebrated in Toronto at the most significant gathering of McLuhan thinkers and creators ever assembled. Then I Now I Next: International Conference and DEW Line Festival runs from November 7 to November 10, 2011. Registration is now open.

The conference and festival is [...]

A new web site

A new McLuhan Program web site is now on line! On it you can find a variety of information about the McLuhan Program, the Centenary Conference and the DEW Line Festival.
Stay tuned!