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.

Monday July 20, 2020
From Noon to Midnight (EDT)

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

PART 1 (recording)

Noon to 6:00 pm EDT

PART 2 (recording)

6:00 pm to Midnight EDT

Event Schedule

Current local time in Toronto (EDT):


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

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.

Jeff Canoy
TV news reporter, anchor, and host for at ABS-CBN News, the Philippines' most trusted news organization. In 2018, he was named a Marshall McLuhan Fellow – a journalism award conferred by the Canadian Embassy in Manila.

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.

1:00 PM EDT

Luca De Biase
Chief editor at Nòva24 – Il sole 24 Ore, the innovation section in the main financial newspaper in Italy. James W. Carey Award for Outstanding Media Ecology Journalism 2016.

Ryan Bishop
Professor of Global Arts and Politics, Co-Director of the Winchester Centre for Global Futures in Art Design & Media, Director of Research and Doctoral Research within Winchester School of Art at the University of Southampton.

2:00 PM EDT

Angela Krewani
Full professor for Media Studies and Digital Media at the Institut für Medienwissenschaft of the Philipps-Universität in Marburg.

Gerry Fialka
Artist, writer, and paramedia ecologist, lectures world-wide on experimental film, avant-garde art and subversive social media.

Vinícius Andrade Pereira
PhD in Communication Studies by the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, is Adjunct Professor at the University of Rio de Janeiro State where he coordinates the post-graduation research program in communication (Technology and Culture).

3:00 PM EDT

Carlos Scolari
A researcher and expert in communication and digital media, interfaces and communication ecology, Carlos has been dedicated to studying new forms of communication arising from the spread of the World Wide Web.

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.

Duncan Reyburn
Associate Professor in the School of the Arts at the University of Pretoria, in South Africa.
He is the author of Seeing things as they are: G. K. Chesterton and the drama of meaning (Cascade, 2016).

4:00 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.

Luciane Maria Fadel and Maria Collier de Mendonça
Dr. Luciane Maria Fadel (Professor at the Knowledge Media Area, Graduate Program in Knowledge Engineering and Management, Federal University of Santa Catarina, PPGEGC/ UFSC). Dr. Maria Collier de Mendonça (Postdoctoral Researcher at the Knowledge Media Area, Graduate Program in Knowledge Engineering and Management, Federal University of Santa Catarina, PPGEGC/ UFSC).

Wilson Oliveira Filho
Teacher 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.

5:00 PM EDT

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.

Francesco Benozzo
Italian poet, musician and philologist. Associate professor at the University of Bologna, since 2015 he has been nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

BW Powe
Canadian poet, novelist, essayist, philosopher, and teacher.

6:00 PM EDT

Gail Lord
Experienced, innovative, effective, creative — one of the world’s foremost museum planners. Gail has extensive experience in the museum and cultural sector and brings exceptional vision and knowledge to each of the projects she leads.

Mario Mendoza
Dr. Mendoza’s life mission and calling is to advocate for a humane global migrant policy that honors global migration as a basic human right. He Founded the nonprofit organization, to gather stories of people living undocumented lives in the United States.

Bruce Rosenstein
Managing Editor, Leader to Leader. Author of Create Your Future the Peter Drucker Way

7:00 PM EDT

Jeffrey Schnapp
Founder/faculty director of metaLAB (at) Harvard and faculty co-director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.

Andrew Chrystall
A [relatively] relaxed individual. School of Communication, Journalism & Marketing, Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand.

Nina Czegledy
Independent media artist, curator and writer, who has collaborated on international projects, produced digital works, and lead and participated in workshops, forums and festivals.

8:00 PM EDT

Douglas Coupland
Novelist, short-story writer, essayist, visual artist.

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

Jennifer Reid and Jarrett Cole
Director and Assistant Director of the Winnipeg School of Communication, an interdisciplinary collective of media researchers, scholars, and activists who advocate for a Deep Green Media Ecology approach to understanding the current situation on planet Earth.

9:00 PM EDT

Arthur Kroker
Canada Research Chair in Technology, Culture and Theory, Professor of Political Science, and the Director of the Pacific Centre for Technology (PACTAC) at the University of Victoria.

Nikki Clarke
Known as Canada’s Oprah, Nikki is the founder, producer and host of the Nikki Clarke Show. Elected the President of the Ontario Black History Society in 2015. Nikki’s third book, Transforming Lives, One Story at a Time: Powerful Stories of Success and Inspiration, an anthology of empowering reflections was published in 2017.

Bill Kuhns
An Independent McLuhan scholar and author of 16 books, including The Book of Probes (2003), which he collaborated on with Eric McLuhan, and The Post-Industrial Prophets (1971).

10:00 PM EDT

Henry Jenkins
Provost Professor of Communication, Journalism, Cinematic Arts and Education at the University of Southern California. He is the author and/or editor of twenty books on various aspects of media and popular culture.

Henry Gomez
Known as King Cosmos, he is a Trinidadian and Tobagonian- Canadian musician, actor and educator. Born and raised in Princess Town, Trinidad, today he is recognized as one of Canada’s best known performers of Caribbean music.

Susan Drucker and Gary Gumpert
Directors and  founders of the Urban Communication Foundation. Susan Drucker the Lawrence Stessin Distinguished Professor in Journalism and Professor of Journalism, Media Studies, and Public Relations. Gary Gumpert is Emeritus Professor of Communication at Queens College of the City University of New York

Katsura Hattori
Japanese editor. After studying in MIT Media Lab, he worked as editor for computer magazines ASAHI pasokon and Doors.

11:00 PM EDT

Riwaj Moktan
The United North East 'TUNE', Darjeeling, West Bengal, India. Author or Kancha Chora The Youngest Son.

Midnight EDT

Grand Finale "Happy Birthday Marshall"
With special guests and friends: Luigi Ferrara, Paul Levinson, Bob Logan, Donna Halper, Barry Vacker, Ruthanne Wrobel, Junichi Miyazawa, Andrey Mir, Jean-François Vallée, and more...


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"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 Monday July 20, 2020, 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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