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Message from the Director of the Ong Center


Welcome to the Walter J. Ong, S.J., Center for Language, Culture, and Media Studies. 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 continues his legacy by fostering and supporting innovative scholarship and research in the many fields in which his work had an impact. The Ong Center collaborates with other units at Saint Louis University, including the Department of English, the Department of Communication, and the Film Studies Program.

Activities.  Ong Center activities have included academic conferences, publications, and the Annual Walter J. Ong, S.J., Memorial Lecture. Past lecturers include distinguished scholars from Georgetown, Duke, Rutgers, the University of Chicago, Loyola University-Chicago, and the University of California-Santa Barbara. The Center also sponsors sessions at scholarly conferences in the U.S. and Canada, and is a sustaining member of the Media Ecology Association.

Archives.  The Center hosts the Walter J. Ong Archives in the Special Collections Department at Pius XII Memorial Library. The Archives include Fr. Ong's manuscripts, photographs, memorabilia, annotated books, and correspondence with renowned writers, scholars, and people from around the world. Some of these materials are available online at the Pius XII Memorial Library website. The Center established a Digital Publication facility to make rare holdings, archival materials, and current scholarship widely available. The definitive bibliography of Fr. Ong's works was compiled by Thomas M. Walsh, and is available on the Ong Center website.

Fellowships.  The Center seeks opportunities to support graduate student and faculty research. Scholars are invited to become Ong Center Fellows in order to conduct research at Pius XII Memorial Library and to consult materials in the Department of Special Collections. Ong Center Fellows are provided library privileges and access to University parking. Scholars are encouraged to contact the Center for additional information.

Sara J. van den Berg


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