McLuhan Salon #2
The Medium and the Light: Spirituality in the Global Theatre
In collaboration with St. Paul's Bloor Street
With Randy Boyagoda, University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto; Charles Falzon, Ryerson University; Anna-Liza Kozma, CBC.
Writer, critic and scholar Randy Boyagoda is the Principal and Vice-President of the University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto, and Professor in the English Department. He also teaches in the Faculty of Arts and Science’s Christianity and Culture program, and holds the inaugural Basilian Chair in Christianity, Arts, and Letters at the University of St. Michael’s College. The author of four books - two novels, a biography, and a scholarly monograph - he regularly contributes essays, reviews and opinions to publications including The New York Times, Guardian, and Financial Times (UK), in addition to appearing frequently on CBC Radio. He also serves as the President of PEN Canada, the writers’ organization that celebrates literature, defends freedom of expression, and aids writers in peril.
Charles Falzon. An international media and entertainment executive, educator and cultural strategy leader, Charles is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD) at Ryerson University, home to nine of the country’s leading schools in media and creative industries. In this role, he is a central figure in Ryerson’s curricular innovation, entrepreneurship education and city-building mission, with a focus on maximizing the impact of the creative industries as a catalyst for collaboration, innovation and civic engagement. Charles’ vision for a stronger cultural sector is informed by 30 years at the helm of public and private companies in media production, media distribution, book publishing, theme parks and live entertainment.
Anna-Liza Kozma trained at the BBC and has worked at CBC Radio as a staff producer for more than twenty years. She has been a syndicated columnist for the Chicago Tribune and columnist for CBC.ca. Her work on religion, current affairs and women`s issues has been published in books, journals and newspapers in Canada, the US and England. She holds a BA Honours in Media Studies from the Polytechnic of Central London (University of Westminster) and an MA in English Literature from the University of Toronto. She now lurks as producer of CBC Radio's national current affairs phone-in,Cross Country Checkup and is a Visiting Fellow at St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto.
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McLuhan Salons: Rethinking the Global Village
Six bull sessions, six big ideas, six Toronto hot spots
This fall the McLuhan Centre for Culture & Technology at the University of Toronto is stepping out of the university and into the city, to better understand who we are, what matters to us, and where we might be going in a networked and rapidly changing world.
The McLuhan Salons will take place in six different dynamic city locations further dissolving the boundaries of the university and the city in bringing the multi-disciplinary multi-practice approaches to bear made famous by Marshall McLuhan.
The McLuhan Centre and these six salons are committed to breaking down the silos of academic disciplines, the university and society, public and private enterprise, art, business, civil society and individuals in order to release the energy of new and outrageous ideas, innovative thought, and transformative understanding and action.
The McLuhan Salons position the city as instructive in rethinking the larger interconnected global village. The collectivity of our global thought, actions and generational evolution are the defining principles the global human condition which we wish to explore.
Each Salon will commence with moderated probative discussion within a panel of top leaders and thinkers, and will engage the audience.
Date and Time
St. Paul's Bloor Street
227 Bloor Street East
South side of Bloor Street East, equidistant between Yonge/Bloor and Sherbourne stations.
Toronto, ON M4W 1C8