The University of Winnipeg



Marshall McLuhan conference open to public

WINNIPEG, MB – For three days in mid-October, people will gather at The University of Winnipeg to discuss the legacy of one of our most important thinkers at a conference entitled: Marshall McLuhan in a Post Modern World: Is the Medium the Message?

Extraordinary Canadians
Hosted by UWinnipeg’s Department of Rhetoric, Writing, and Communications, the conference will feature keynote addresses by author Douglas Coupland and physicist Robert Logan. Coupland will talk about his recent biography of McLuhan, which was published as part of Penguins Extraordinary Canadians series (edited by John Ralston Saul), and Logan will talk about his collaborations with McLuhan, and McLuhan’s interest in communications and the mind.

Coined the terms “global village” and “the medium is the message”
Thirty years after his death, Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980) is widely known for his insights about electronic media, having called the world a “global village” and “the medium is the message”. Many consider him to have shaped 20th-Century thinking about technology and communication, and as technology continues to evolve there is a resurgence of interest in his ideas and work.

The conference is free and open to the public.

Thursday, October 14 to Saturday, October 16, 2010
The University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Avenue


rlkimageRobert Logan

Robert Logan, physicist, media ecologist, author, McLuhan collaborator
“Understanding Media: Extending Marshall McLuhan.”
Room 2M70, Friday October 15, 12:30-1:30 pm

Douglas Coupland, award-winning author,Marshall McLuhan(March 2010)
“You Know Nothing of My Work!”
Riddell Hall, Friday, October 15, 7:00 pm


For more information, please contact a member of the organizing committee:
Jaqueline McLeod Rogers

Catherine Taylor

Tracy Whalen

Diane Poulin, Communications Officer, The University of Winnipeg
P: 204.988-7135,