Archive for the ‘Walter Ong’ Category

The following is from an essay by a former student of Ong, Dr. Thomas J. Farrell, as an introduction to Ong’s thought and body of scholarship by way of prefacing this last book of his former teacher. Follow this link read Dr. Farrell’s whole essay  https://goo.gl/FBC7sZ. Ong’s incomplete sixth book-length study has now been posthumously […]


Marshall McLuhan & Walter Ong seated to his left By Nick Ripatrazone   –   Dec. 27. 2017 “I make probes,” wrote Marshall McLuhan. “I don’t explain—I explore.” In 1967 he published The Medium Is the Massage, an eccentric journey into how our senses experience electric media. That same year, Walter Ong, S.J.—whose graduate thesis adviser happened to be […]


Walter Ong, SJ (1912 – 2003) Mission: The Walter J. Ong Society (WJOSOC) was founded February 8, 2014 at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA by a group of scholars interested in fostering scholarship about, with, and like that of Walter Ong, SJ (1912 – 2003). For over 70 years, Fr. Ong studied, taught and published […]


  Walter Ong, S.J. (1912-2003) Gonzaga University will host an interdisciplinary conference Feb. 7-8 celebrating the work of Jesuit scholar and teacher Walter J. Ong, considered among the foremost theorists of rhetoric in the 20th century. The conference is titled, “Technology, Rhetoric, and Cultural Change:  Walter J. Ong, S. J. in the Age of Google, Facebook, and Twitter.” […]


 Dr. Walter Ong (1912-2003) ‘Technology, Rhetoric, and Cultural Change: Walter J. Ong, S. J. in the Age of Google, Facebook, and Twitter’ Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington, USA – February 7-8, 2014 Gonzaga University will host an interdisciplinary conference Feb. 7-8 celebrating the work of Jesuit scholar and teacher Walter J. Ong, considered among the foremost theorists of […]


Father Ong was a student of Marshall McLuhan at Saint Louis University, where the latter taught in the late ’30s until 1944. McLuhan supervised Ong’s MA thesis on the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins and pointed him in the direction of Peter Ramus for his doctoral dissertation at Harvard. McLuhan references Ong’s scholarship often in […]


Last year was the centenary of Marshall McLuhan’s birth (1912-1980). This year we celebrate the centenaries of Jacques Ellul (1912-1994), Northrop Frye (1912-1991) and Father Walter J. Ong, SJ (1912-2003). On the relationship between McLuhan and Father Ong, Ong scholar Thomas Farrell last year wrote:- Walter Ong advanced in his Jesuit training to study philosophy […]


You are all invited to participate remotely to “The new sensorium: embodied perception, extensions of humanity and digital communication” This International centenary Marshall McLuhan & Walter J. Ong symposium, 20-21 April 2012, BIOS, Athens, is organized by the Communication, Media and Culture dept, Panteion University & the McLuhan Technology and Society Program, Coach House Institute, […]


    The new sensorium: embodied perception, extensions of humanity & digital communication An international symposium, 20-21 April 2012, BIOS, Athens The Department of Communication, Media and Culture of Panteion University and its postgraduate programme in Cultural Management, in association with the Coach House Institute (CHI) and its McLuhan Program in Culture & Technology (MPCT) at […]


Marshall McLuhan at centre & Father Walter Ong to his right, Saint Louis University by Matthew Francis … The origins of a media ecology of hope in the parallelisms of Marshall McLuhan and Walter Ong are telling. Religious commonalities loom large: their personal histories, the use of the Protestant tradition as a foil, and the centrality of both […]