Power Point Karaoke and The Gutenberg Galaxy 50th Anniversary Edition

Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 7:00pm
The Gladstone Hotel, Toronto
Power Point Karaoke and The Gutenberg Galaxy 50th Anniversary Edition

'Power Point Karaoke' Launches The Gutenberg Galaxy 50th Anniversary Edition

What’s your take on McLuhan? Michael and Eric McLuhan join three independent thinkers from across Toronto who attempt to answer this question next week using a medium that didn’t exist in McLuhan’s day. In a round of PowerPoint Karaoke, speakers will have ten minutes with twenty randomly selected slides to make their point. Presented by: TINARS, University of Toronto Press, The Treehouse Group and the McLuhan 100.          

Tuesday, September 6
The Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen Street West
Doors open at 7:00 pm;  Event starts at 7:30 pm
$5 Admission (deducted from purchase price of Gutenberg Galaxy).

Cash bar.

Speaker Schedule: 

Jesse Hirsh is an internet strategist, researcher, and broadcaster based in Toronto, Canada. He has a weekly nationally syndicated column on CBC radio explaining and analyzing the latest trends and developments in technology using language and examples that are meaningful and relevant to everyday life.

Natalie Kertes is Program Co-ordinator at Diaspora Dialogues and Program Director at Small Print Toronto. After graduating from University of Toronto, Kertes trained with renowned author Roddy Doyle at his creative writing centre, Fighting Words Dublin. Her literary programming for young people and emerging writers also draws from her background in theatre, film and media arts. www.diasporadialogues.com

George Elliott Clarke In addition to being a poet, playwright and literary critic, Clarke is the E.J. Pratt Professor of Canadian Literature at the University of Toronto.  He is the recipient of numerous awards and honours and has published in a variety of genres including verse-novels, such as Whylah Falls, verse plays like Beatrice Chancy, and screenplays such as One Heart Broken Into Song (Dir. Clement Virgo).  Notable amongst Clarke’s many acclaimed collections of poetry and verse is His Execution Poems, which won the Governor General’s Award for Poetry. In October 2010 Clarke received his seventh honorary doctorate: Doctor of Laws, University of Windsor.

In a nod to the launch of the Centennial edition of McLuhan’s seminal work The Gutenberg Galaxy, McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology’s Dominique Scheffel-Dunand will synthesize the evening’s comments, offering highlights from her new Forward to the centennial edition.

Michael McLuhan Photographer Michael McLuhan holds the degrees of Master of Photographic Arts, Craftsman of Photographic Arts, and is accredited in three categories by the Professional Photographers of Canada. He also holds an Associateship with the Professional Photographers of Ontario and a Master of Photography designation from the Professional Photographers of America. As such, he is one of the very few photographers in Canada to hold Masters designations both domestically and internationally.  A globally renown 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. A recipient of three Kodak Gallery Awards for Photographic Excellence, Michael’s work has also been chosen for display in the Epcot Center at Walt Disney World in Florida.

Dr. Eric McLuhan An internationally known and award-winning lecturer on communication and media, Dr. Eric McLuhan has over 40 years’ teaching experience in subjects ranging from high-speed reading techniques to literature, communication theory, media, culture, and Egyptology. He has taught at many colleges and universities throughout the United States, Canada and abroad. In addition to co-authoring “Laws of Media” in 1988 and working closely for many years with his father, the late Marshall McLuhan, he has also been deeply involved in exploring media ecology and communications. Although his research and thinking has been published in books, magazines, and journals covering topics such as media, communications, perception, and literature since 1964, his most recent published work includes On Media Ecology (Explorations in Media Ecology, Vol. 5, No. 3), Theories of Communication (Hampton Press, 2009), and Media and Formal Cause (NeoPoesis Press, 2009). Three other books are currently in preparation.  Currently, he is Director, Media Studies, and lectures at The Harris Institute for the Arts in Toronto, Canada.

PowerPoint Karaoke Presenting Partners:

McLuhan100 is a collaboration of Toronto’s McLuhan Program in Culture & Technology (Faculty of Information, University of Toronto), City of Toronto Economic Development and Culture Division and Mozilla Foundation to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Marshall McLuhan with a year of cultural events and activities to honour the man, celebrate his ideas, and stand witness to the fact that, even fifty years later, Marshall McLuhan’s ideas remain as radical, as mind-blowing, and as transformative as ever. Details of this and other McLuhan100 events for 2011 can be found at http://www.mcluhan100.ca/. 

This Is Not A Reading Series (TINARS) offers a ground-breaking theatrical dimension to the appreciation of fine writing. Employing music, comedy, psychodrama, dance, multimedia performance, lectures, dialogue—everything but reading—TINARS investigates the creative process behind literary works. For more information visit www.tinars.ca

The Treehouse Group is a collective of Toronto-area thinkers who promote the exchange of ideas by bringing together people from diverse backgrounds. We facilitate and host social events, conferences, the Toronto Mini Maker Faire, and run a lecture series, Treehouse Talks, which takes place on the second Friday of every month at the Toronto Reference Library. The group shares the view that multi-disciplinary collaboration is central to addressing the issues that face society – both locally and globally.

University of Toronto Press (UTP) , founded in 1901, is Canada's leading scholarly publisher and one of the largest university presses in North America. UTP publishes approximately 200 new scholarly, course, reference, and general-interest books each year and maintains a backlist of over 3,500 titles.

University of Toronto Press, Chris Reed, creed@utorontopress, (416) 978-2239 ext 248
This Is Not A Reading Series (TINARS), Anna Withrow, awithrow@rogers.com, (416) 516-2174