Message from the Director of the Ong Center
Welcome to the Walter J. Ong, S.J., Center for Language and Culture. The Center was established to honor the memory of Fr. Ong, a distinguished scholar of literature and media theory who spent his career as Professor of English and University Professor at Saint Louis University. The Ong Center is designed to continue the legacy of Walter J. Ong by fostering and supporting original research in all the fields in which he had an impact. The Center emphasizes innovative interdisciplinary scholarship, and sponsors scholarly sessions at major academic conferences every year.
The Center houses the Walter J. Ong Archives, which include manuscripts, photographs, memorabilia, annotated books, and correspondence with renowned writers, scholars, and people from around the world. The annual Walter J. Ong Memorial Lecture brings major scholars to the Saint Louis University campus every spring. The first lecturer was John O'Malley, S.J., a distinguished Jesuit historian at Georgetown University. The 2009 lecturer was Priscilla Wald, Professor of English at Duke University, who specializes in contemporary American culture and media.
As a Center of Excellence, the Walter J. Ong Center seeks opportunities to stimulate graduate student and faculty research. The Center provides research assistance to Ong Center Fellows every year, and will host the 2009 convention of the Media Ecology Association. The Center also established a Digital Publication facility to distribute rare holdings, archival materials, and current scholarship.
Through its local and national advisory boards, the Center works with the faculty of Saint Louis University, and with faculty members in other universities as well, to develop an exciting intellectual community. The Center cooperates with the Department of English, the Department of Communication, and the Film Studies Program, and with many other academic units throughout Saint Louis University Scholars who seek opportunities to conduct research at the Walter J. Ong Center are encouraged to contact us for additional information.
Sara J. van den Berg