McLuhan's ideas step out of the university and into the city, to better understand who we are, what matters to us, and where we might be going in a networked and rapidly changing world.
The McLuhan Salons series is an initiative of the St. Michael's College in the University of Toronto, in conjunction with the Estate of Marshall McLuhan and several high-level academic and cultural institutions, and generously supported by the William and Nona Heaslip Foundation.
The initiative is named in honour of Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980) one of the most charismatic and wide-ranging thinkers of the 20th century, who taught at St. Michael's College in the University of Toronto from 1946 until his death in 1980. Widely regarded as a pioneer of medium theory, from the heart of St. Mike's campus, McLuhan inspired young minds and engaged the public in probing the fundamental processes structuring mind, culture and society.
Inspired by the innovative thinking of Marshall McLuhan, the Salons series is committed to breaking down the silos of academic disciplines, the university and society, public and private enterprise, art, business, civil society and individuals in order to release the energy of new and outrageous ideas, innovative thought, and transformative understanding and action. The collectivity of our global thought, actions and generational evolution are the defining principles the global human condition which we wish to explore.
The first McLuhan Salons series took place from December 2016 to April 2017. A new series of 8 McLuhan Salons take placefrom September 2017 to April 2018 in different dynamic city locations further dissolving the boundaries of the university and the city in bringing the multi-disciplinary multi-practice approaches to bear made famous by Marshall McLuhan.
The McLuhan Salons aims to position the city as instructive in rethinking the larger interconnected global village, looking for metaphoric meanings of our urban homes and communities in a “classroom without walls”.
Each McLuhan Salon will be open to the public, will commence with moderated probative discussion within a panel of top leaders and thinkers, and will engage the audience.
Paolo Granata, St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto
David Nostbakken, McLuhan Fellow at the McLuhan Centre for Culture & Technology (2014-june 2018), Executive Director, McLuhan Foundation