With the appearance of former and current gadflies among the panel speakers for this combined Media@McGill and McGill Development and Alumni Relations event, the discussion on the precarious future of the gadfly press promised to be a spirited one.
The past five years have seen enormous changes in the field of media and communication. Venerable institutions have disappeared, new forms have emerged and media power has shifted dramatically and irrevocably. Arguably, not since the introduction of the telegraph has there been such an important paradigm change in how people communicate and how we think about technologically-mediated communication.
Media@McGill is in the enviable and privileged position to have as its mission to raise public awareness around such critical issues. This has been an exciting time to be doing what we do. Our task is to question, to understand and to help transform how we live in a world increasingly negotiated at the interface of media, technology and culture. We are fortunate to be doing this in an open and stimulating environment that takes advantage of McGill's strategic position as a world leading research university located in Montreal, a multicultural city at the crossroads of North American, European and global culture.
Media@McGill and the Cultural Policy and Management Research Center (KPY) at Istanbul Bilgi University are organizing a one-day conference on "The Role of Cultural Industries in Cultural Diversity", in Istanbul, Turkey, on Tuesday, July 12, 2011.
The event takes place in the context of efforts to create a Cultural Diversity Coalition in Turkey, and reflects Media@McGill's interest in the globalization of media and communication policy issues. The conference comes as NGOs and cultural industry players in Turkey are underlining the necessity of signing the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.
Gore Vidal, the outspoken author, playwright, essayist, screenwriter and political activist, gave the 2011 Media@McGill Beaverbrook Annual Lecture on Friday, 29 April, at 6:30 p.m.
This free public lecture was held on the campus of McGill University, Leacock Building, 855 Sherbrooke West, in room 132. (map)
Throughout his long and controversial career, Gore Vidal has been a prominent figure of interest to the American and international media as well as a keen and critical observer of the media. Highlighting this experience, Media@McGill was proud to partner with the Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival to present the 2011 Media@McGill Beaverbrook Annual Lecture, entitled "Questioning Gore Vidal: On the Media".
Gore Vidal, the outspoken author, playwright, essayist, screenwriter and political activist, will give the 2011 Media@McGill Beaverbrook Annual Lecture on Friday, 29 April, at 6:30 p.m.
This free public lecture will be held on the campus of McGill University, Leacock Building, 855 Sherbrooke West, in room 132. (map)