Jerry Harp, Ph.D., professor and poet-in-residence at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore., will give the keynote address at this week's opening of the St. Louis Gateway Media Literacy Conference at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, in the St. Louis Room in Busch Student Center.
Harp's lecture, titled "Electronic Literacy: Ong and McLuhan in the Digital Age," discusses the paradox that new technologies never fully obsolesce the old. Often, they reveal new possibilities that promise radical transformation of the earlier media.
Harp, who holds both an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Saint Louis University, enjoys an outstanding reputation as both a poet and a scholar. His most theoretical work, Constant Motion: Ongian Hermeneutics and the Shifting Ground of Early Modern Understanding, placed him among the most creative and wide-ranging interpreters of Walter Ong in the new millennium.
His recent book, For Us, What Music? (2010), a monograph devoted to the poetry of Donald Justice, shows his capacity to work expertly on a more confined subject. He continues to advance his reputation as a poet, with volumes such as Creature and Gatherings, which have brought him favorable attention from both artists and critics.