Derrick de Kerckhove is Director of the McLuhan Program in Culture & Technology and Professor in the Department of French at the University of Toronto. He received his Ph.D. in French Language and Literature from the University of Toronto in 1975 and a Doctorat du 3e cycle in Sociology of Art from the University of Tours (France) in 1979. He was an associate of the Centre for Culture and Technology from 1972 to 1980 and worked with Marshall McLuhan for over ten years as translator, assistant and co-author.
He edited Understanding 1984 and co-edited with Amilcare Iannucci, McLuhan e la metamorfosi dell'uomo two collections of essays on McLuhan, culture, technology and biology. He also co-edited the book, The Alphabet and the Brain, with Charles Lumsden, which scientifically assesses the impact of the Western alphabet on the physiology and the psychology of human cognition. His most recent book is Connected Intelligence. Derrick has offered connected intelligence workshops worldwide, and now offers this innovative approach to thinking together while using information technologies as part of the McLuhan Program.