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Career

University of Toronto
19631980
Director Centre for Culture and Technology / Toronto, Ontario Canada
University of Toronto
19461979
Professor (became a full professor in 1952) St. Michael’s College / Toronto, Ontario Canada
DISTINGUISHED LECTURES
1978
Lecturer Fourth Annual Pound Lecture in the Humanities / University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho USA
1971
Lecturer Gerstein Lecture Series / York University, Toronto, Ontario Canada
1970
Lecturer Congressional Breakfast / Washington, District of Columbia USA
1970
Lecturer Gillett Lecture Series / University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario Canada
1970
Lecturer Mary C. Richardson Lecture / State University College of Arts and Science, Geneseo, New York USA
1967
Lecturer Marfleet Lectures / University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario USA
1967
Lecturer Purves Memorial Lecture / American Institute of Architects, New York, New York USA
1966
Lecturer Second Annual A.V.B. Geoghegan Lecture / University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA
Fordham University
19671968
Albert Schweitzer Chair in the Humanities Bronx, New York USA
National Association of Educational Broadcasters and U.S. Office of Education
19591960
Director Project in Understanding New Media
Explorations Magazine
19541959
Co-editor
Ford Foundation Seminar on Culture and Communication
19531955
Chairman
University of Windsor
19441946
Taught English Assumption University / Windsor, Ontario Canada
Saint Louis University
19371944
Taught English St. Louis, Missouri USA
University of Wisconsin
19361937
Teaching Assistant Madison, Wisconsin USA

Professional affiliations

1973
Vatican Pontifical Commission for Social Communications Vatican City, Italy Consultor
1964
The Royal Society of Canada Ottawa, Ontario Canada Fellow

Accomplishments of note

2015
Author, non-fiction: Culture Is Our Business (Publisher: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1st Edition, 1970) Wipf and Stock Publishers / Eugene, Oregon USA with Foreword by Eric McLuhan Sequel to The Mechanical Bride: Folklore of Industrial Man. Translated into Spanish
2011
Author, non-fiction: Media and Formal Cause Publisher: NeoPoiesis Press, LLC / Houston, Texas USA with Eric McLuhan (Author) One of the 10 best books of 2011 - Artforum Magazine
2011
Author, non-fiction: Theories of Communication Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Group / New York, New York USA with Eric McLuhan
2011
Author, non-fiction: From Cliche to Archetype (Publisher: The Viking Press, 1st Edition, 1970) Publisher: Gingko Press Inc. / Berkeley, California USA with Wilfred Watson (Author) Translated into French, Italian and Spanish
2011
Author, non-fiction, bestseller: The Medium Is the Massage: An Inventory of Effects (Publisher: Bantam Books/Random House, 1st Edition, 1967) Publisher: Gingko Press Inc. / Berkeley, California USA with Quentin Fiore (Author) and co-ordinated by Jerome Agel Translated into German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Chinese
2011
Author, non-fiction: Counterblast: 1954 Facsimile Publisher: Gingko Press Inc. / Berkeley, California USA with W. Terrence Gordon (Author) Distributed in 1954 as a hand-made 'zine'. Translated into French.
2011
Author, non-fiction: The Gutenberg Galaxy: The Making of Typographic Man, (1st Edition 1962); reprinted 1966, 1967, 1968, 1980, 1986, 1988, 1992, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2010 Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division, Centennial Edition / Toronto, Ontario CANADA with New essays by W. Terrence Gordon, Elena Lamberti and Dominique Scheffel-Dunand Translated into French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Catalan, Greek, Chinese, Czech, Galician, Romanian, Basque, Serbo-Croat, Swedish, Turkish and Russian
2010
Author, non-fiction: Counterblast (Publisher: Harcourt-Brace (1969) London: Rapp & Whiting, Canada: McClelland & Stewart) Publisher: Gingko Press Inc. / Berkeley, California USA with Harley Parker (Illustrator) Translated into Spanish
2010
Author, non-fiction: The Medium and the Light: Reflections on Religion and Media Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers / Eugene, Oregon USA with Jacek Szklarek (Editor) and Eric McLuhan (Contributor)
2006
Author, non-fiction: The Classical Trivium - The Place of Thomas Nashe in the Learning of his Time Publisher: Gingko Press Inc. / Berkeley, California USA with W. Terrence Gordon (Editor)
2005
Author, non-fiction: McLuhan Unbound Publisher: Gingko Press Inc. / Berkeley, California USA with Eric McLuhan (Editor) and W. Terrance Gordon (Editor)
2003
Author, non-fiction: Understanding Me: Lectures and Interviews Publisher: McClelland and Stewart / Toronto, Ontario USA with an introductory essay by Tom Wolfe, edited by Stephanie McLuhan and David Staines Nineteen previously unpublished lectures and interviews
2003
Author, non-fiction: Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man (Publisher: McGraw-Hill, 1st Edition, 1964; Publisher: Mentor, 2nd Edition, 1966) Publisher: Gingko Press Inc., Critical Edition / Berkeley, California USA with Edit by W. Terrence Gordon Best-known book. Translated into Italian, French, Spanish, German, Chinese, Czech, Portuguese, Danish, Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish, Hebrew, Czech, Finnish, Korean, Lithuanian and Polish
2002
Author, non-fiction: The Book of Probes Publisher: Gingko Press Inc. / Berkeley, California USA with David Carson; edited and introduced by Eric McLuhan and William Kuhns
2002
Documentary: McLuhan’s Wake Produced by Primitive Entertainment / co-production with the National Film Board of Canada, in association with TVOntario with Written by David Sobelman and directed by Kevin McMahon; conceived and co-produced by David Sobelman
2002
Television Documentary: Marshall McLuhan's ABC TVOntario Production / Toronto, Ontario CANADA Includes footage of interviews with McLuhan and his family members
2002
Television Documentary: The McLuhan Probes / produced and directed by David Sobelman. TVOntario Production / Toronto, Ontario CANADA with Steven Pinchuck, Editor; Rudy Buttignol, Executive Producer
2002
Author, non-fiction: The Mechanical Bride: Folklore of Industrial Man (Publisher: Vanguard Press, 1st Edition 1951) Publisher: Gingko Press Inc. / Corte Madera., California USA (reissue) Translated into German, Italian, Japanese, Chinese and French
2002
Television documentary: Out of Orbit: The Life and Times of Marshall McLuhan / Carl Bessai, Director, writer and cinematography Raven West Films Ltd. in association with CBC Television with Manfred Becker (Writer); Laura Lightbown (Producer); Manfred Becker (Editor); and Vince Ma (Music)
2001
Author, non-fiction: War and Peace in the Global Village: An Inventory of Some of the Current Spastic Situations That Could Be Eliminated By More Feedforward (Publisher: McGraw-Hill, 1st Edition, 1968) Publisher: Gingko Press Inc. / Berkeley, California USA with Quentin Fiore (Author) and coordinated by Jerome Agel Translated into French, German, Spanish and Russian
1999
Audio recording: The Medium is the Massage with Marshall McLuhan SME Records, SRCS 8912 / JAPAN Original mono recording released on LP; Columbia, CS 9501, CL 2701 / USA 1968
1996
Documentary: The Video McLuhan Set of six video tapes with Written by Tom Wolfe and produced by Stephanie McLuhan-Ortved
1996
Audio recording: Understanding McLuhan CD-ROM co-produced by Southam Interactive and The Voyager Company
1988
Author, non-fiction: Laws of Media: The New Science Publisher: University of Toronto Press / Toronto, Ontario CANADA with Eric McLuhan (Author) Translated into Italian and Bulgarian
1988
Author, non-fiction: The Global Village: Transformations in World Life and Media in the 21st Century; reprinted 1992 Oxford University Press, First Printing Edition / New York, New York USA with Bruce R. Powers (Author) One of his last collaborative efforts. Translated into German and Spanish
1984
Television documentary: Marshall McLuhan: The Man and His Message gives us Mr. McLuhan lecturing, crticizing and analyzing, with Hosted by Tom Wolfe. Produced and directed by Stephanie McLuhan-Ortved The documentary gives us Mr. McLuhan lecturing, crticizing and analyzing
1977
Author, non-fiction: City as Classroom: Understanding Language and Media Publisher: The Book Society of Canada Limited / Agincourt, Ontario CANADA with Kathryn Hutchon (Author) and Eric McLuhan (Author) Translated into Italian. Reprinted as Media, Messages and Language: The World as your Classroom / Publisher: National Textbook Co., Skokie, Illinois: 1980
1977
Actor, cameo scene in Annie Hall United Artists Production with Written (with Marshall Brickman) and directed by Woody Allen. Starring Diane Keaton, Woody Allen, Tony Roberts, Carol Kane, Paul Simon, Shelley Duvall, and Christopher Walken
1977
Documentary: The Bad Trip About/against the Spadina Expressway in Toronto, Canada with Jane Jacobs
1972
Author, non-fiction: Take Today: The Executive as Drop Out Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovitch, Inc. with Barrington Nevitt
1970
Author, non-fiction: Voices of Literature, Book III: Sounds, Masks, Roles Publisher: Holt, Rinehart & Winston / New York, New York USA with R. J. Schoeck
1969
Author, non-fiction: Marshall McLuhan’s DEW-Line Newsletter Publisher: Human Development Corporation / New York, New York USA The newsletter was published between 1968 and 1970
1968
Author, non-fiction: Through the Vanishing Point: Space in Poetry and Painting Publisher: Harper & Row / New York, New York; 1st Edition with Harley Parker (Author) Translated into Italian and Portuguese
1967
Author, non-fiction: Verbi-Voco-Visual Explorations Publisher: Something Else Press / New York, New York USA
1967
Audio recording: Wyndham Lewis Recalled: Marshall McLuhan Recalls Lewis The Society For Art Publications ‎– Volume XXIV No.11 / CANADA Included in issue no. 114 of ArtsCanada magazine which has features on The Great Ware, Wyndham Lewis and the underground press
1965
Author, non-fiction: Voices of Literature, Book Two Publisher: Holt, Rinehart & Winston of Canada, Limited with Richard J. Schoeck, Head of the Department of English at St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto The second of a two-volume anthology for high schools
1964
Author, non-fiction: Voices of Literature, Book One Publisher: Holt, Rinehart & Winston of Canada, Limited with Richard J. Schoeck, Professor of English at St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto The first of a two-volume anthology for high schools
1960
Author, non-fiction: Report on Project in Understanding New Media Commissioned by the United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare / Washington, District of Columbia Prepared for the National Association of Educational Broadcasters
1960
Editor: Explorations in Communication: An Anthology Publisher: Beacon Press / Boston, Massachusetts USA with Edmund Carpenter (Editor)

Professional honors and awards

1975
“Man of Achievement” Diploma International Biographical Centre / Cambridge, England UK
1975
Appointed to the McDermott Chair University of Dallas / Irving, Texas USA
1974
Civic “Award of Merit” Mayor David Crombie at Toronto City Hall / Toronto, Ontario Canada
1973
Appointment as Consultor of the Pontifical Commission for Social Communications Vatican
1973
Citation The Religious Educational Association of the United States and Canada
1972
President’s Cabinet Award University of Detroit
1971
Christian Culture Gold Medal Award Assumption University Outstanding exponent of Christian ideals
1971
Gold Medal Award President of the Italian Republic / Rimini, Italy In recognition of original work as philosopher of the mass media
1970
Companion of the Order of Canada Governor General of Canada For contributions to the understanding of the relationships between media and society
1970
President’s Award The Institute of Public Relations / United Kingdom
1967
Molson Award Canada Council for the Arts Outstanding Achievement in the Social Sciences
1967
Honorary Award in Culture and Communication Niagara University / Lewiston, New York USA

Community

Nationality
Canadian
Denomination
Roman Catholic

Education

University
University of Cambridge Cambridge, England UK Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) English Degree conferred 1936
University
University of Manitoba Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Arts and Sciences Class of 1933 Won University Gold Medal
Secondary school
Kelvin Technical School Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada Class of 1928
Doctoral
University of Cambridge Cambridge, England UK Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Literature Degree conferred 1942
Master’s
University of Cambridge Cambridge, England UK Master of Arts (M.A.) English Degree conferred 1939
Master’s
University of Manitoba Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada Master of Arts (M.A.) English Degree conferred 1934
Publications
George Meredith as a Poet and Dramatic Parodist Publisher: unpublished (1934) M.A. thesis, University of Manitoba The Place of Thomas Nashe in the Learning of His Time Publisher: Gingko Press 2003 Ph.D. thesis, Cambridge University (1941)
Native language
English

Honorary Degrees

1977
University of Toronto Toronto, Ontario Canada D. Litt. Doctor of Letters
1972
University of Western Ontario London, Ontario Canada D. Litt. Doctor of Letters
1971
University of Alberta Edmonton, Alberta Canada LL. D. Doctor of Laws
1969
St. John Fisher College Rochester, New York USA Lit. Hum. Doctor of Humane Letters
1967
Grinnell University Grinnell, Iowa USA D. Litt. Doctor of Letters
1967
Simon Fraser University Burnaby, British Columbia Canada LL.D Doctor of Laws
1967
University of Manitoba Winnipeg, Manitoba USA D. Litt Doctor of Letters
1966
Assumption University Windsor, Ontario Canada D. Litt. Doctor of Letters
1965
University of Windsor Windsor, Ontario Canada D. Litt. Doctor of Letters

Family

Vital statistics

Birth information
July 21, 1911
Gender
Male
Place of birth
Edmonton, Alberta Canada
Death
Wednesday, December 31, 1980
Place of death
Toronto, Ontario Canada
Final rest
Interred—Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Thornhill, Ontario CANADA
Marital status
Married

Marriage

19391980
Corinne Lewis McLuhan (1912 - 2008) 6 children Eric McLUHAN ( 1941) Teresa Carolyn McLUHAN (1945) Mary Corinne McLUHAN (1945) Stephanie (McLuhan) ORTVED Elizabeth McLUHAN Michael McLUHAN

Parents

Father
Herbert Ernest McLuhan (1879 - 1966)
Mother
Elsie Naomi (Hall) McLuhan (1889 - 1961)

Grandparents

Father's father
James McLUHAN (1837 - 1919)
Father's mother
Margaret (Grieve) McLuhan (1847 - 1920)
Mother's father
Henry Selden HALL (1862 - 1926)
Mother's mother
Margaret May (Marshall) Hall (1861 - 1931)