The Walter J. Ong Society (WJOSOC) was founded February 8, 2014 at Gonzaga University by a group of scholars interested in fostering scholarship about, with and like that of Walter J. Ong, S.J. (1912-2003).
For over 70 years, Fr. Ong studied, taught and published about a wide range of cultural and historical matters from the perspectives of many disciplines including literary criticism, the history of ideas, the philosophy of the human person, theology and religious studies, media and communication studies, technology, psychology, and language.
Fr. Ong’s legacy persists in the form of over 400 scholarly books and articles along with hundreds of additional unpublished papers. In his long career, he developed a skilled and nuanced interdisciplinary approach that serves as an excellent model for both specialized and integrative scholarly work.
The Walter J. Ong Society seeks to extend Ong’s legacy by providing resources to foster global interdisciplinary scholarship and by facilitating conversation and collaboration among scholars, including students and younger scholars.