Global Village Day 2nd edition.
A 12-hour McLuhanesque Online Marathon

Inspired by the innovative thinking of Marshall McLuhan, academics, artists, designers, raconteurs, innovators, and thinkers from around the globe explored the mosaic of the metaphoric Global Village in light of the current scenario. The collectivity of our global thought, actions, and generational evolution are the defining principles of the global human condition which we explored.

Tuesday July 20, 2021
From Noon to Midnight (EDT)

Live on The Estate of Marshall McLuhan Facebook Page
Live on The McLuhan Institute Youtube channel

Event Schedule, Tuesday JULY 20, 2021


Paolo Granata
University of Toronto @uStMikes professor. Media ecologist and cultural strategist. Media Ethics Lab Director. Canadian Commission for UNESCO Executive Committee.

12:00 PM EDT

The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell
Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.

John Tory
Mayor of Toronto.

12:15 PM EDT

Michael McLuhan
An internationally known author and lecturer, Michael’s work is included in the collection of the Canadian Public Archives, and the Loan Collections of both the P.P.A., and the P.P.O.C.

David Nostbakken
Social entrepreneur David Nostbakken, who was a student and teaching assistant with Marshall McLuhan, and a McLuhan Centenary Fellow at the University of Toronto 2014-2018, is the President and CEO of the McLuhan Foundation.

Carolyn Wilson
Carolyn Wilson, a Lecturer at Western University, was the founding Chair of UNESCO’s Global Alliance for Partnerships in Media and Information Literacy, and is the Executive Director of the McLuhan Foundation.

1:00 PM EDT

Derrick De Kerckhove
Former Director of the McLuhan Program in Culture & Technology at the University of Toronto, author of The Skin of Culture and Connected Intelligence.

Artur Skweres
English Department, Faculty of Pedagogy and Fine Arts, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland.
Author of McLuhan's Galaxies: Science Fiction Film Aesthetics in Light of Marshall McLuhan's Thought (Springer 2019).

Mark Deuze
Professor of media studies, specializing in journalism at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Humanities.
Author of Media Work (2007), Media Life (2012), and Life in Media (forthcoming).

2:00 PM EDT

Peter Bexte
Prof. Dr., chair of the department of art & media studies/Academy of Media Arts Cologne (Germany). Co-editor of the recent publication "A Medium called McLuhan. 37 Interviews." (Meson Books, Digital Culture Series, 2020).

Lars Grabbe
Münster School of Design, FH Münster (Germany).
Editor of Eric McLuhan and the Media Ecology in the XXI Century (2021)

Anna Kachkayeva
Director of the Centre for Digital Cultures and Media Literacy and Professor at the Faculty of Communications, Media, and Design, School of Media, HSE University, Moscow.

3:00 PM EDT

Sandra Valdettaro
Derector of Master in Cultural Studies and  (CEI-UNR) CIM (Centro de Investigaciones en Mediatizaciones), Universidad Nacional de Rosario.
Editor of El dispositivo-McLuhan. Recuperaciones y derivaciones (2011).

Carlos Scolari
A researcher and expert in communication and digital media, interfaces and communication ecology, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona.
Author of Media Evolution. Sobre el origen de las especies mediáticas (2020).

Mark Kingwell
Canadian professor and philosopher, associate chair at the University of Toronto's Department of Philosophy.
Author of Wish I Were Here: Boredom and the Interface (2019).

4:00 PM EDT

Kalina Rogozinska
University of Szczecin, Poland. In her research activity, she’s focused on the relationships between means of communication prevailing in a given period and social life. She authored Between science and art: Marshall McLuhan’s Theory and Practice of Art (2017).

Gordon Gow
Professor of Communication and Academic Director of the Master of Arts in Communications and Technology (MACT program) in the Media Technology Studies unit at the University of Alberta. Author of Marshall McLuhan and the end of the world as we know it (2010)

5:00 PM EDT

Roda Muse
Secretary-General of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, community leader, francophone visible minorities advocate, and gender equality ambassador.

Joseph Wong
University of Toronto’s Vice-President, International. He is also the Roz and Ralph Halbert Professor of Innovation at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, and a Professor of Political Science. Professor Wong has worked extensively with the World Bank and the United Nations, and has advised governments on matters of public policy in Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Europe. His research focuses on poverty and innovation.

Rohinton Medhora
President of CIGI, Centre for International Governance Innovation. Previously, he was vice president of programs at Canada’s International Development Research Centre. His fields of expertise are monetary and trade policy, international economic relations and development economics.

6:00 PM EDT

Zahra Ebrahim
Zahra is a public interest designer, civic entrepreneur, and leader. She is the co-founder and CEO of Monumental, a partnership with Kofi Hope focused on creating fair and just cities and institutions, in support of an equitable recovery from COVID-19.

Riley Yesno
Riley Yesno is a queer Anishinaabe writer, researcher, and public speaker from Eabametoong First Nation. UofT President’s Award for Outstanding Indigenous Student.  of the Year. In 2017 she was selected to serve as a member of the Prime Minister’s Youth Council.

Nikki Clarke
Nikki Clarke, is the founder, producer, and host of the multiple award-winning talk show, The Nikki Clarke Show on Afroglobal TV Bell Fibe 2472, Rogers 708, and on www.nikkiclarkenetwork.com.

7:00 PM EDT

Jennifer Rauch
An authority on news audiences, alternative media, public trust in journalism, and deliberate abstention from media use.
Author of the award-winning Slow Media: Why Slow is Satisfying, Sustainable & Smart (2018) and recently Resisting the News: Engaged Audiences, Alternative Media, and Popular Critique of Journalism (2021).

Mark Surman
Canadian open internet activist and Executive Director of the Mozilla Foundation. Mark is a leading advocate for trustworthy AI and digital privacy.

Jeff Jarvis
American journalist, professor of Journalism Innovation at the University di New York, public speaker and former television critic. Open Web advocate.

8:00 PM EDT

Pierre Lévy
Professor at the University of Montreal, fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and author of about 15 books translated in several languages, including: Collective Intelligence (1994), Becoming Virtual (1995), Cyberculture (1997) and The Semantic Sphere (2011). Co-founder and CEO of INLEKT Metadata Inc. and inventor of IEML (Information Economy MetaLanguage).

Lev Manovich
Leading theorist of digital culture worldwide and a pioneer in the use of data science for analysis of visual culture. Manovich is one of the most frequently cited authors worldwide in the fields of media theory, digital culture and new media.

Andrew McLuhan
Writer, maker, thinker, dreamer. Director of The McLuhan Institute.

9:00 PM EDT

Margaret Atwood
Award-winning Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, teacher, environmental activist, and inventor.

Joan Steacy
Canadian visual story teller, author/illustrator of the 2019 graphic novel AURORA BOREALICE: A memoir of triumph over the educational system, informed by the ideas of Marshal McLuhan and Eric McLuhan, who was her mentor for over 30 years.

Ken Steacy
Canadian visual storyteller, his 2019 graphic novel WAR BEARS was created with Margaret Atwood.

10:00 PM EDT

BW Powe
Canadian poet, novelist, essayist, philosopher, and teacher. MEA Marshall McLuhan Award for Outstanding Book in the Field of Media Ecology 2021.

Jaqueline McLeod Rogers
Professor and chair of the Department of Rhetoric, Writing and Communications at The University of Winnipeg.
Author of McLuhan's Techno-Sensorium City: Coming to Our Senses in a Programmed Environment (2020).

Christian Esguerra
Journalist, ABS-CBN News Channel’s (ANC) the Philippines. 2020 McLuhan Fellowship for Excellence in Journalism. He also teaches journalism at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila.

11:00 PM EDT

Wilson Oliveira Filho
Professor and researcher at Estacio University (Rio de Janeiro Brazil) since 2005. Ph.D in Social Memory with an internship at the University of Chicago. Multimedia artist and musician, created DUO2x4 with Márcia Bessa in 2012.

Elena Lamberti
Associate Professor, North American Literatures, at the University of Bologna, a specialist of Modernist Literature, Cultural Memory, Literature and Media Ecology, War Literature.

Junichi Miyazawa
Japanese author, critic and professor at Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo. His work covers literature, music and media, with a special focus on Canadian studies. He is also one of the world's leading Glenn Gould scholars.

Midnight EDT

Grand Finale "Happy Birthday Marshall" (110th Anniversary)
With special guests and friends...



Estate of Marshall McLuhan McLuhan Salons The McLuhan Institute The McLuhan Foundation

"The new electronic interdependence recreates the world in the image of a global village."

Marshall McLuhan

Frequently Ask

What time zone is the event on?

The event will take place on Tuesday July 20, 2021, from Noon (12:00 PM) to Midnight (12:00 AM) Eastern Standard Time EDT - Toronto local time (UTC -4 hours).
The current local time in Toronto is:

Where I can watch the streaming?

You can visit the Estate of Marshall McLuhan Facebook page.
If you are not on Facebook, we will be streaming on The McLuhan Institute YouTube channel.

NB: The streaming will be broken down into two parts (Noon to 6:00 PM, and 6:00 PM to Midnight)

How can I get involved?

You can comment live by liking the Estate of Marshall McLuhan Facebook page.
If you are not on Facebook, you can comment live by using your YouTube or Gmail account on The McLuhan Institute YouTube channel.

McLuhan who?

One of the most charismatic, controversial and original thinkers of our time whose remarkable perception propelled him onto the international stage, Marshall McLuhan is universally regarded as the father of communications and media studies and prophet of the information age.
Check out The Official Site for the Estate of Marshall McLuhan.


Paolo Granata (host)

Paolo Granata is a Professor in Book and Media Studies at St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto. He joined the University of Toronto in 2017 after spending fifteen years at the University of Bologna, Italy, where he almost entirely established his own academic career in research, teaching, and public engagement.

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