The English Department at SLU celebrates its connection to The Ong Center for Language and Culture. The Center is an academic focal point that promotes interdisciplinary research in the Humanities at Saint Louis University. It is named for Walter J. Ong, S.J. (1912-2003), the most eminent Humanities scholar in the history of Saint Louis University and an internationally renowned intellectual leader.
Fr. Ong made lasting contributions to a variety of fields, including orality and literacy studies, literary criticism, communication theory, religious studies, theories of cultural and technological change, the history of rhetoric, and media studies. His work has been widely used by contemporary theorists across many fields to illuminate how human beings organize knowledge, language, and reason.
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 Walter J. Ong Bibliography
Dr. Thomas Walsh's 2006 Bibliography of Walter J. Ong, S.J. consists of 457 original publications of books, book chapters, articles, reviews, translations by Ong, poems, and limited-distribution items. With the additions of reprints, revisions, translations of Ong's works by others, and other items, the bibliography contains 909 entries. Prepared for the Walter J. Ong, S.J., Center for Language and Culture, the biography is the most complete and accurate register of Fr. Ong's published works through 2006.
The Walter J. Ong, S.J., Bibliography 1929-2006 is formatted according to The Chicago Manual of Style, Fourteenth Edition, with incidental adaptations. It will be available in Language, Culture, and Identity: The Legacy of Walter J. Ong, S.J. edited by Sara van den Berg and Thomas M. Walsh (Cresskill, New Jersey: Hampton Press), 2011.