Between the 1930s and 1970s, a remarkable intellectual climate coalesced within and around the University of Toronto when intellectual giants Harold Innis, Eric Havelock, Northrop Frye, Marshall McLuhan, and Glenn Gould, among others, captured the global imagination. This scholarly community came to be known as "The Toronto School of Communication", achieving international recognition for their innovative and trans-disciplinary approaches to emerging social and cultural challenges.
On October 13-16, 2016 the McLuhan Centre for Culture & Technology, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, in conjunction with numerous academic and cultural institutions will present an International Conference and a series of cultural initiatives titled "The Toronto School: Then, Now, Next". The event aims to foster scholarly interest, research and public discourse to stimulate insight into some of the world's most important questions and challenges that face humanity in the 21st century.
Paolo Granata, Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto and Conference Chair, said: “The conference will take an historical look at a remarkable intellectual season sparked within the City of Toronto, when Innis, Frye, McLuhan, and Glenn Gould among others, took the world by storm. Building on this look at what was, the conference will look at our current quickly changing context and cast our prospects for the future”.
On October 15, 2016, as part of the initiative, The Glenn Gould Foundation, in collaboration with the Alliance Française and the Faculty of Music at the UofT, will present “Glenn Gould and the Toronto School: Words, Music, Images”. Conceived as a moving and engaging evening of pictures, performances, and conversations, this multimedia event will feature prominent commentators, musical performances, and screenings that will illuminate, celebrate and reassess the unique legacy of Glenn Gould and the giants of the Toronto School.
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