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"A few years back Diane Lucas, then the campus archivist as well as a member of the Lavery Library staff, mentioned to me in passing that Marshall McLuhan's daughter Stephanie had been doing research in our archives on her father's work. Marshall McLuhan?! I was astonished to hear that name mentioned, as it had been years since I'd thought about the communications guru who had coined the phrases "the Global Village" and "the Medium is the Message." But more to the point, what possible connection did he have with St. John Fisher College? To my astonishment, Diane told me that McLuhan, who had been a faculty member at the Basilian-run St. Michael's College at the University of Toronto, was closely connected with Father Charles Lavery, the former president of St. John Fisher College, for whom the library is named. McLuhan was also active in helping to found our Department of Communication and Journalism, and often came to campus to give talks and meet with the faculty and students. Stephanie McLuhan was here, in fact, to do research on a book she later edited of her father's unpublished lectures, some of which were first delivered here."

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