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Marshall McLuhan’s Life at Centre of U of W Conference

September 20, 2010 6:54 AM | Entertainment

By Sarah Klein

The University of Winnipeg is hosting a discussion over a period of three days with author Douglas Coupland and physicist Robert Logan.

Discussions will be held as part of a conference looking at one of the world’s most important thinkers, Marshall McLuhan.

“Marshall McLuhan in a Post Modern World: Is the Medium the Message?” will take place from October  14-16 on the U of W’s campus.

The university’s Department of Rhetoric, Writing, and Communications will host the event, and will feature Robert Coupland discussing his recent biography of McLuhan, and Logan talking about his collaborations with McLuhan, and McLuhan’s interest in communications and the mind.

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. More information is available at UWinnipeg.ca.