In June and July 2011, the University of Alberta will host the Herbert Marshall McLuhan Edmonton Centenary. The Centenary will mark the birth of the influential scholar and public figure in Edmonton on 21 July 1911. The home in which the family lived while in Edmonton in Edmonton’s Highlands community provides a material link to an intellectual legacy that continues to grow. Professor McLuhan often commented that his upbringing in Western Canada provided a valuable alternative, or peripheral, perspective on the world. In his writings, he recalled experiences in Edmonton that were to shape his intellectual life. The University of Alberta awarded Prof. McLuhan an honorary Doctor of Laws in 1971. The Centenary will therefore continue the scholarly and popular development of the Edmonton-McLuhan connection. See the Public Events for June and July, 2011:
June and July, 2011:
Thursday, 9 June 2011– Marshall McLuhan’s intellectual and cultural contributions are explored in the National Film Board move McLuhan’s Wake, 6:30 p.m., Stanley Milner Library Theatre, Churchill Square, Edmonton.
Thursday, 23 June 2011 – Opening Reception for the 12th Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association. 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: Keynote presentation: Robert Logan (University of Toronto), recipient of the 2011 Innis/Postman Award, Enterprise Square, University of Alberta. Then from 7:45 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., you are invited to attend the official opening of Spaces&Places:VisioningMcLuhan@100, at Latitude 53 Gallery, 10248 – 106 Street.
Friday, 24 June 2011 – “McLuhan and artistic vision in the wireless city,” a panel discussion with authors Elena Lamberti (Università di Bologna), Rob Shields (University of Alberta), and Douglas Barbour (University of Alberta), 10:30 a.m., Telus Centre Auditorium, University of Alberta.
Saturday, 25 June 2011 – Mark Poster (University of California, Irvine), “Theorizing culture and media: McLuhan and Foucault,” a public lecture. 2:30 p.m., Telus Centre, University of Alberta. Prof. Poster’s presentation is made possible in part by financial support from the Henry Marshall Tory Professor, University of Alberta.
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 – On the eve of the 100th birthday of Marshall McLuhan, don’t miss a festive evening featuring performances, special displays, and cupcakes, Art Gallery of Alberta, Churchill Square, Edmonton, 7:30 p.m. Arrive at 7 p.m. for a tour of the AGA’s Warhol: Manufactured, led by the U of A’s Prof. Marco Adria, who will connect the lives and work of Marshall McLuhan and Andy Warhol, two major public figures of the 1960s and 1970s.
Thursday, 21 July 2011 – Marshall McLuhan Day in Edmonton will be proclaimed by Mayor Mandel. Watch for the Extension and McLuhan Centenary float in the downtown Capital Ex Parade.
Admission is free. These events are hosted by the Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta. Visit mact.ca and click on “Herbert Marshall McLuhan Edmonton Centenary 2011.”
See a tongue-in-cheek but nevertheless insightful YouTube video on Marshall McLuhan by Todd Babiak, columnist at the Edmonton Journal, coyly entitled “the newspaper is the message.”
Check out the Marshall McLuhan vignettes produced by CKUA for the centenary.