The Ong Center
The Walter J. Ong, SJ, Center for Language, Media and Culture is an academic focal point that promotes interdisciplinary research in the Humanities at Saint Louis University. The Center encourages scholarship in Communication, English, History, Theology, Modern and Classical Languages, and Philosophy. By supporting students, conferences, and speakers, the Center enriches the intellectual environment for interdisciplinary scholarship in the Humanities at Saint Louis University.
The center 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 mission of the Walter J. Ong, SJ, Center for Language, Media and Culture is to promote research and scholarship in the fields of orality and literacy, communication theory, history of rhetoric, and media studies. To serve the Jesuit mission of Saint Louis University, the Center fosters the pursuit of truth through inquiry into works of the human intellect and imagination. In partnership with the Department of Special Collections in Pius XII Memorial Library, the Center provides information about Fr. Ong and his scholarship, as well as access to some of his materials online though the Digital Collection.