7642 Estados Unidos, Media at the Center, A McLuhan Centenary Event, Fordham University, Lance Strate

Here’s some advance notice of our contribution to this year’s festivities.

We’ll have a web page up about it soon, and I’ll share the URL when it is.

The Sept. 17th Symposium will feature a keynote by Eric McLuhan; talks on new media by Paul Levinson, Bob Logan, and Bob Blechman; a session on McLuhan at Fordham featuring his former students including Pete Fornatale and John Carey, as well as his former assistant Paul Ryan; a session on McLuhan and Theology featuring a talk by Joseph Kim; a screening of the rarely seen 1961 television program The Gutenberg Galaxy, produced by Gary Gumpert; followed by a panel discussion with Gumpert, Joshua Meyrowitz, Daniel Czitrom, Paul Grosswiler, and the new head of the McLuhan Program at the U. of Toronto, Dominique Scheffel-Dunand. In conjunction with the centenary celebrations, we will also have a special preview screening of Tiffany Shlain’s documentary, Connections, on Sept. 25th.

Here’s the tentative schedule:

Media at the Center
A McLuhan Centenary Symposium
Fordham University Lincoln Center Campus
McNally Auditorium
Law School Building
140 W. 62nd Street, Between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues
New York, New York
September 17, 2011
Free and Open to the Public

9:00-10:30 AM McLuhan at Fordham: A Roundtable Discussion
Moderator: Lance Strate, Fordham University
Panelists: John Carey, Fordham University; Jacqueline Egan, QD Healthcare Group; Pete Fornatale, WFUV; Anthony Perrotto, Independent Video Producer; Paul Ryan, New School for Social Research.

10:30-11:00 AM Break

11:00-12:00 AM McLuhan and Theology
Moderator: John M. Phelan, Fordham University
Presentation: “Marshall McLuhan’s Theological Anthropology”
Joseph Kim, Lancaster Bible College
Discussants: Babette Babich, Fordham University; Eric McLuhan, University of Toronto; Paul Ryan, New School for Social Research

12:00-1:30 PM Break

1:30-3:00 PM McLuhan and New Media
Moderator:Janet Sternberg, Fordham University
Presentations: “Digital McLuhan” Paul Levinson, Fordham University
“Understanding New Media”, Robert K. Logan, Ontario College of Art and Design
“Confessions of a Would-Be Twitter Novelist” Robert Blechman, St. George’s University

3:00-3:30 PM Break

3:30 PM-4:30 PM Keynote Address
Moderator:Andrew McLuhan
“Media and Formal Cause” Eric McLuhan, University of Toronto
4:30 PM-5:00 PM Reception and Book Signing for Media and Formal Cause by Marshall and Eric McLuhan

5:00-7:00 PM Break

7:00 PM Media at the Center
Moderator:Lance Strate, Fordham University
Screening: The Gutenberg Galaxy
1961 television program produced in Detroit by Gary Gumpert
Panelists: Daniel Czitrom, Mount Holyoke College; Paul Grosswiler, University of Maine
Gary Gumpert, Urban Communication Foundation; Joshua Meyrowitz, University of New Hampshire; Dominique Scheffel-Dunand, University of Toronto

Media at the Center
A McLuhan Centenary Event
Fordham University
September 25, 2011

1:00-5:00 PM Preview Screening of Connections, a new film by Tiffany Shlain
Followed by a Panel Discussion


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