The Pratt Lecture is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Arts and the Department of English language and Literature.
Memorial’s Pratt Lecture is named for Newfoundland poet E. J. Pratt. Northrop Frye gave the first lecture, titled Silence in the Sea, in 1968.
Pratt lecturers of the past include:
- John Steffler
- Northrop Frye
- Ursula LeGuin
- Nobel Prize winner Seamus Heaney
- Cleanth Brooks
- Paul Fussell
- Christopher Ricks
- Susan Gubar
- Stan Dragland
- Christopher Pratt
- Cees Nooteboom
- Robert Bringhurst
The most recent Pratt Lectures are published by Running the Goat Books and Broadsides in elegant, letterpress, smyth sewn editions. These extraordinary handmade chapbooks are among finest examples of Book Arts production in Newfoundland and Labrador, and they are available for purchase direct from the publisher at http://www.runningthegoat.com.
- 2011 - Jane Urquhart - "Inner Lives: Fiction and Visual Imagination"
- 2010 - Don McKay - "The Speaker's Chair: field notes on betweenity"
- 2009 - Dr. J. Edward ("Ted") Chamberlin - "The Snarl Around Our Dory: The Long Line of Island Traditions"
- 2008 - John Steffler - "The Uses of Poetry"