Fighter pilot-turned-professor John Clark Pratt speaks on “Seeking a Happy
Medium: The Film and Fiction of the Vietnam War” on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 6 p.m.
in the Riverside Alumni Conference Room. His presentation is part of the
Scholars’ Symposia sponsored by the UT’s Department of English and Writing.
A fighter pilot in Vietnam who has received the Excellence in the Arts Award
from the Vietnam Veterans of America, Dr. Pratt, a Colorado State University
English professor, has written extensively on the war. His books include
Vietnam Voices (Viking Penguin, l984), Reading the Wind: The
Literature of the Vietnam War (Duke, 1986), and a novel, The Laotian
Fragments (Viking, l974; Avon, l985).
Pratt’s many other publications include The Meaning of Modern Poetry
(Doubleday, l962), John Steinbeck (Erdmans, l970), and editions of two
novels in the Viking Critical Library Series—Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the
Cuckoo’s Nest and Graham Greene’s The Quiet American.
Pratt received his Ph.D. at Princeton, his BA at the University of
California-Berkeley and his MA at Columbia University.
The event is free, and refreshments will be served. For more information,
contact the Department of English and Writing at (813) 253-3333 x