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7th Walter J. Ong, S.J., Memorial Lecture and Symposium (April 8, 2015)

Houston Baker (Vanderbilt University): "The Urge to Adorn: Generational Wit and the Birth of The Signifying Monkey"

7th Ong Lecture Houston Baker


Professor Randolph Lumpp (Regis University) has digitized Fr. Ong's course on "Polemic in Literature and Academic Tradition" from the original reel-to-reel tapes. This project features 30 lectures, each about one hour long. It is now also in MP3 form as a single DVD. A copy will be available on the Ong Archives at Pius XII Memorial Library.

Prof. Lumpp has also organized the Walter J. Ong Society.


A conference on "Walter J. Ong and Social Media" was held at Gonzaga University in February 2014. Selected papers from the conference have been published in Communication Research Trends, May 2014.


6th Walter J. Ong, S.J., Memorial Lecture (March 26, 2014)

Steven Jones (Loyola University Chicago): "The Eversion of the Network and the Emergence of the Digital Humanities"



5th Walter J. Ong, S.J., Memorial Lecture (April 23, 2012)

Alan Liu (University of California, Santa Barbara): "Transliteracies: The Big Bang of Online Reading"



4th Walter J. Ong, S.J., Memorial Lecture (April 4, 2011)

Adrian Johns (University of Chicago): "The Mechanizing of the Word: Texts and Machines in the Constitution of Intellectual Property"



The Thomas Oates Exhibition     Click Here for Joyce LaFontain's Review

Click here for SLM Daily's article on the Oates Exhibition

The Walter J Ong Center for Language, Culture, and Media Studies is pleased to announce its sponsorship of Steps through Time: Journeys in the Middle East, an exhibit of documentary photographs by Dr. Thomas Oates that will open with a reception and colloquium on the 2nd Floor of the Pius Memorial Library at Saint Louis University, October 8th, 2010, 2-4 p.m. 

There are approximately 50 photographs from Steps though Time: Journeys in the Middle East, an exhibit of recent work by Dr. Thomas Oates, a nationally-known documentarist and a distinguished Saint Louis University alumnus. His photos will hang on the 2nd Floor of the Pius Library, from October 8th, 2010 until the end of the spring term, 2011. The exhibit is sponsored by the Walter J. Ong Center for Language, Culture, and Media Studies with further support from American Studies, Communication, English, Film Studies, Fine and Performing Arts, History, and Theological Studies. 

Speakers featured at the opening of the exhibit include John Renard of Theological Studies, Susanne Wiedemann from American Studies, and Hayrettin Yucesoy from History, all of whom will comment upon the Oates photographs from the standpoint of their respective professional expertise.

The exhibit represents Oates' work of the last two decades, currently supported by a grant from the Ford Foundation. The images are drawn from long-term cultural contacts in Turkey, Jordan, the West Bank, Israel, and Cyprus. They are organized and presented under the rubrics, "Borders," "Heritage," "Portraits," "Gatherings," and "Sacred Spaces," categories designed to emphasize the habitual life worlds of these communities rather than crises and political emergencies.

Some photographs from the exhibition:

Steps Through Time: Journeys in the Middle East from Saint Louis University on Vimeo.

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