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Thomas James Farrell is professor emeritus of writing studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). He started teaching at UMD in Fall 1987, and he retired from UMD at the end of May 2009. He was born in 1944. He holds three degrees from Saint Louis University (SLU): B.A. in English, 1966; M.A.(T) in English 1968; Ph.D.in higher education, 1974. On May 16, 1969, the editors of the SLU student newspaper named him Man of the Year, an honor customarily conferred on an administrator or a faculty member, not on a graduate student -- nor on a woman up to that time. He is the proud author of the book WALTER ONG'S CONTRIBUTIONS TO CULTURAL STUDIES: THE PHENOMENOLOGY OF THE WORD AND I-THOU COMMUNICATION (Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 2000; 2nd ed. 2009, forthcoming). The first edition won the 2001 Marshall McLuhan Award for Outstanding Book in the Field of Media Ecology conferred by the Media Ecology Association. For further information about his education and his publications, see his UMD homepage: Click here to visit Dr. Farrell's homepage.
On September 10 and 22, 2009, he discussed Walter Ong's work on the blog radio talk show "Ethics Talk" that is hosted by Hope May in philosophy at Central Michigan University. Each hour-long show has been archived and is available for people who missed the live broadcast to listen to. Here are the website addresses for the two archived shows:

Click here to listen the Technologizing of the Word Interview
Click here to listen the Ramus, Method & The Decay of Dialogue Interview

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Card. Michael Czerny S.J. at the Vatican., From WikimediaPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 6, 2022
My Open Letter to the Canadian Jesuit Cardinal Michael F. Czerny Pope Francis' recent penitential visit to Canada was well-covered by international secular and religious news media. Subsequently, I decided to write the following open letter to the Czechoslovakian-born Canadian Jesuit Cardinal Michael F. Czerny (born in 1946; Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1978), who was appointed by Pope Francis to serve as the Prefect of the Vatican's Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.
pope-francis-1a, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 31, 2022
Pope Francis Should Now Follow Up His Historic Visit to Canada Pope Francis' historic visit to Canada has come to an end. Now he should follow up his visit by issuing a document formally abrogating the centuries-old "Doctrine of Discovery."
Trump Family Hand Up., From WikimediaPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 27, 2022
Loretta Graziano Breuning on Social Comparisons and Brain Chemicals (REVIEW ESSAY) The autodidact in evolutionary psychology Loretta Graziano Breuning (born in 1953; B.S., Cornell University, 1975; Ph.D., Tufts University, 1983) discusses social comparisons and brain chemicals in her new 2021 self-help book Status Games: Why We Play and How to Stop (Rowman & Littlefield). We can feel threatened by certain social comparisons. Her account can deepen our understanding of both Donald Trump and his supporters.
Pope Francis Visits the United States Capitol, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 4, 2022
Pope Francis on Catholic Liturgical Formation (REVIEW ESSAY) Happy Fourth of July! On July 4, 1776, our American founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence. It reminds us of our noble American ideals. To be an American requires us to be idealistic, not cynical. In Pope Francis' new 2022 apostolic letter to his fellow Catholics, he, in effect, reminds them that they are called on to be idealistic in their noble calling and thereby allow the Catholic liturgy to form them.
Michele Goodwin - .Reproductive Justice in An Era of Resistance., From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 1, 2022
Michele Goodwin on Abortion (REVIEW ESSAY) In response to the Supreme Court's disturbing Dobbs ruling, overturning the 1973 Supreme Court's Roe ruling and the constitutional right to abortion, I posted my OEN article "Samuel Alito on Abortion" On the same day, the prolific law-school professor Michele Goodwin published her cogent rejoinder to the Dobbs ruling, "No, Justice Alito, Reproductive Justice Is in the Constitution," in the New York Times.
Samuel Alito official photo., From WikimediaPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 26, 2022
Samuel Alito on Abortion (REVIEW ESSAY) President Harry Truman dropped atomic bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima to give the Allied Forces victory in World War II. Figuratively speaking, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito dropped nuclear bombs on the American people in May and June 2022 to give the anti-abortion forces in the United States victory in their campaign to overturn the 1973 Roe ruling. But can Democrats now galvanize voters in the 2022 mid-term elections?
Ignatius Loyola., From WikimediaPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 19, 2022
Markus Friedrich on Jesuit History (BOOK REVIEW) The German historian Markus Friedrich (born in 1974) of the University of Hamburg incisively surveys Jesuit history in his new 2022 book in English translation, The Jesuits: A History, translated by John Noel Dillon (Princeton University Press; orig. German ed., 2016). It is a well-informed, well-documented, fast-paced, and readable book.
Thomas Piketty%2C 2015 %28cropped%29., From WikimediaPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 1, 2022
Thomas Piketty on Equality in the Modern World (REVIEW ESSAY) The French economist Thomas Piketty (born in 1971) sky-rocketed to extraordinary prominence in the English-speaking world in 2014 with the publication in English of his 700-page densely packed book Capital in the Twenty-First Century (orig. French ed., 2013). Piketty's new 2022 book A Brief History of Equality (orig. French ed., 2021) is more reader-friendly, and, by comparison, far more accessible.
Walter Ong, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 19, 2022
Daniel Bergner on Hearing Voices (REVIEW ESSAY) The American journalist Daniel Bergner published a somewhat lengthy eye-opening article in the New York Times titled "Doctors Gave Her Antipsychotics. She Decided to Live With Her Voices" (dated May 17, 2022). It is based on his new 2022 book The Mind and the Moon: My Brother's Story, the Science of Our Brains, and the Search for Our Psyches (Ecco).
Walter Ong, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 9, 2022
Getting Our Cultural Bearings from Walter J. Ong (REVIEW ESSAY) I urge college-educated Americans today to get their cultural bearings from the American Jesuit cultural historian and media ecology theorist Walter J. Ong (1912-2003; Ph.D. in English, Harvard University, 1955).
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 23, 2022
Eric McLuhan on Menippean Satire (REVIEW ESSAY) The late American-born James Joyce specialist and media ecology theorist Dr. Eric McLuhan (1942-2018; Ph.D. in English, University of Dallas, 1984) published two noteworthy books about Menippean satire: (1) The Role of Thunder in [Joyce's] Finnegans Wake (University of Toronto Press, 1997) and (2) Cynic Satire (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2015). I discuss them in the context of the work of Walter J. Ong and Marshall McLuhan.
James Joyce - Sep 1922 Shadowland., From WikimediaPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 8, 2022
Fran O'Rourke on James Joyce (REVIEW ESSAY) The Irish philosopher Fran O'Rourke has just published the massively learned and massively researched new 2022 book Joyce, Aristotle, and Aquinas (University Press of Florida). In it, Fran O'Rourke writes with admirable lucidity -- so it is accessible for the first-time reader of James Joyce's experimental novel Ulysses and for Joyce specialists. Fran O'Rourke is professor emeritus in philosophy at University College Dublin.
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SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 24, 2022
Nick Ripatrazone on Marshall McLuhan (REVIEW ESSAY) The young American Catholic journalist Nick Ripatrazone has published the new 2022 160-page enthusiastic book Digital Communion: Marshall McLuhan's Spiritual vision for a Virtual Age (Minneapolis: Fortress Press). McLuhan (1911-1980; Ph.D. in English, Cambridge University, 1943) was a Canadian Renaissance specialist and media ecology theorist and Catholic convert (in the spring of 1937). Ripatrazone celebrates his Catholicism.
Walter Ong, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 19, 2022
Patrick Hastings on James Joyce's Ulysses (REVIEW ESSAY) For years, Patrick Hastings worked on his website UlyssesGuide.com. Now, his new 2022 320-page book The Guide to James Joyce's "Ulysses" (Johns Hopkins University Press) "represents an enhanced version of the content of [his] website, but [his] intention remains consistent with [his] initial project: to equip first-time readers with helpful contextual information . . . " (p. 2).
Irish Ambassador and exchange participant, Daniel Mulhall returns to Kansas City after 45 years, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 16, 2022
Daniel Mulhall on James Joyce's Ulysses (REVIEW ESSAY) The current Irish ambassador to the United States is Daniel Mulhall (born in 1955). Ambassador Mulhall has published the new 2022 320-page book Ulysses: A Reader's Odyssey (Dublin: New Island Books). Published as part of the centenary celebration of the Irish novelist James Joyce's famous 1922 novel Ulysses. I will highlight the Irish ambassador's reader-friendly guidebook for you.
Walter Ong, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 9, 2022
John Dominic Crossan on Jesus's 93 Original Sayings (REVIEW ESSAY) The pioneering historical Jesus scholar John Dominic Crossan distills his pioneering research in his short 1994 book The Essential Jesus: Original Sayings and Earliest Images (San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco/ HaperCollins). In it, he provides what he judges to be 93 original says of Jesus (pp. 25-144). Scattered throughout those pages are 65 images involving Jesus that Crossan judges to be the earliest images of Jesus.
Walter Ong, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 6, 2022
Amy-Jill Levine on Jesus's Parables (REVIEW ESSAY) The self-described "Yankee Jewish feminist" biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine of the Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville, Tennessee, explicates key parables of the genius Jewish teacher/preacher Jesus in her deeply learned and accessible book Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi (New York: Harper One/ Harper Collins, 2014).
James Joyce - Sep 1922 Shadowland., From WikimediaPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 3, 2022
Have You Read James Joyce's Novel Ulysses? (REVIEW ESSAY) The centenary of the 1922 publication of the Irish novelist James Joyce's experimental novel Ulysses is upon us. To commemorate the occasion of its publication, I thought I'd set forth here a few guides for any OEN readers who may undertake to read it for the first time.
pope-francis-1a, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 28, 2022
Anthony M. Annett on Cathonomics (REVIEW ESSAY) What a valuable ally Pope Francis now has in Anthony M. Annett (Ph.D. in macroeconomics and political economy, Columbia University)! In his accessible new 2022 book Cathonomics: How Catholic Tradition Can Create a More Just Economy (Georgetown University Press), Annett examines Catholic social teaching, gleaning ten principles (pp. 42-63) and then expounding ten practical global macroeconomic solutions (pp. 283-284).
Walter Ong, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 25, 2022
The McLuhans on Formal Cause (REVIEW ESSAY) The Canadian Renaissance specialist and media theorist Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980; Ph.D. in English, Cambridge University, 1943) converted to Catholicism in 1937, when the church favored Aristotelian-Thomistic philosophy. As a Thomist, McLuhan learned about Aristotle's four causes. McLuhan was most intrigued with formal cause, and so was his eldest son Eric McLuhan (1942-2018; Ph.D. in English, University of Dallas, 1982).

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