The Fourth Annual Walter J. Ong, S.J., Memorial Lecture will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, April 4, in the Pere Marquette Gallery. This year's lecture, "The Mechanizing of the Word: Texts and Machines in the Constitution of Intellectual Property," will be presented by Adrian Johns, professor in the Department of History and chair of the Committee on Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science at the University of Chicago.
Johns is the author of Piracy: The Intellectual Property Wars from Gutenberg to Gates, The Nature of the Book: Print and Knowledge in the Making, and the forthcoming Death of a Pirate.
The Nature of the Book: Print and Knowledge in the Making (University of Chicago Press, 1998), won the Leo Gershoy Award of the American Historical Association, the John Ben Snow Prize of the North American Conference on British Studies, the Louis Gottschalk Prize of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and the SHARP Prize for the best work on the history of authorship, reading and publishing.
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.
This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served following the lecture and Q&A.