The E.J. Pratt Lecture

Dionne Brand Pratt Lecture

The Department of English and the Office of the Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences are delighted to announce that Dionne Brand will be giving the 2017 Pratt Lecture on March 15th at 8 p.m. in the LSPU Hall.

Dionne Brand is a gifted, restless, and versatile writer. Her works of poetry include Ossuaries, Land to Light On, Inventory, and No Language is Neutral. Her novels include Love Enough, At the Full and Change of the Moon, and What We All Long For. Her non-fiction includes Bread out of Stone and A Map to the Door of No Return. Her books have won the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Trillium Book Prize, and the Pat Lowther Award, and have been nominated three times for the Governor General’s Literary Award. She is a Professor in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph.

Ms. Brand has given her lecture the evocative title “A Hidden Verb Takes Inventory.” She will explore anti-black violence and its legacies in the United States – in the age of Black Lives Matter, the timeliest of subjects. All are welcome. There will be a reception following the event, with a cash bar. Admission is free.

Named in honour of the Newfoundland-born poet E. J. Pratt, the Pratt Lecture is the oldest public lecture at Memorial University. Past lecturers include Northrop Frye, Terry Eagleton, Ursula LeGuin, Alberto Manguel, and Anne Carson.



Pratt Lecture

The annual Pratt Lectures are published in pamphlet form and are available from the Department office.

Past Pratt Lectures


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