Past Events


GRADUATE WRITING PROGRAM - FIRST-YEAR STUDENT READING

December 13, Pratt MFA Writing Community Space, 424 Classon Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 7 PM
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READING AND CONVERSATION WITH WRITING ACTIVISMS GUEST VALERIA LUISELLI

November 21, Dekalb Gallery, 12 PM
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THE LESLIE SCALIPINO LECTURE IN INNOVATIVE POETICS: MYUNG MI KIM

December 1, Higgins Hall, 6 PM
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SELF-CARE AND COMMUNITY READINESS: A WORKSHOP SERIES FOR THE TIMES

Come to all, or just one. Limit 25 people per workshop: first come, first served. Questions? Contact Laura Elrick, lelrick@pratt.edu. This series is sponsored by the MFA in Writing and the Social Justice/Social Practice Collective.

Basic Self-Defense (Women, Queer, and POC focus)
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
12–2 PM
North Hall 212

Using a holistic approach, and through discussion and role-play, an instructor from the Center for Anti-Violence Education (caeny.org) will teach a full spectrum of basic self-defense strategies. This workshop combines practical safety information with an analysis of violence, empowering both individuals and communities with different ways of speaking out and protecting themselves. While all are welcome, this workshop will be specifically tailored to the experiences of queer people, people of color, and women.

Bystander Intervention and De-escalation
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
7–9 PM
North Hall 212

In this interactive workshop, students will identify verbal and non-verbal techniques and tactics to de-escalate conflict. Students will also learn the four Ds of bystander intervention – direct, distract, delay, and delegate. All of these tactics will be presented in tandem with the importance of larger scale community organizing and alternatives to policing. Rachel S Blum Levy has a Master's Degree from CUNY Hunter College in macro social work and community organizing. She has professional clinical experiences working in the field of HIV / AIDS and as a crisis counselor, and is a former Collective Member / Part Owner of Bluestockings Bookstore, one of the last 13 feminist bookstores in the country.
 
Activist Infosec Cookbook: A Practical Digital Security Workshop 
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
12–2 PM
Main Building 401

Hosted by Luke Degnan (an MFA in Writing graduate, with research support by Rosiere Moseley), this workshop will begin by presenting a survey of general digital security best practices, and will then walk participants through some steps they can take to improve privacy on their mobile and desktop platforms. Bring your laptop.

DON MEE CHOI

Don Mee Choi will share a reading and presentation followed by a Q&A
Thursday, February 2, 2017
5–6:30 PM

Part of the Writing Activism Series 
Co-sponsored with Kundiman

Don Mee Choi is the author of The Morning News Is Exciting (Action Books, 2010), Hardly War (Wave Books, 2016), a chapbook, Petite Manifesto (Vagabond Press, 2014), and a pamphlet of essays, Wave Pamphlet #9 (Wave Books, 2014). She has received a Whiting Award, Lannan Literary Fellowship, and Lucien Stryk Translation Prize. Her most recent translation of Kim Hyesoon’s poetry is Poor Love Machine (Action Books, 2016).

Where We Are When We Are

Reading by the MFA in Writing, Class of 2018
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
5 PM
Pratt Alumni Reading Room

Insurgent Poets Society

Niggas Die Everyday
Wednesday December 7, 2016
7 PM
55 Walker Street

Insurgent Poets Society: Platform Invasion

Hosted by Jive
Thursday, October 20, 2016
7 PM
55 Walker Street

Leslie Scalapino Lecture in Innovative Poetics

M. NOURBESE PHILIP
GA(S)P: Breath, Community & Poetry
Friday December 2, 2016
6 PM
Higgins Hall

Insurgent Poets Society

x Yellow Jacket Collective
Thursday, November 10, 2016
7 PM
55 Walker Street

Insurgent Poets Society

Grant Writing Workshop with Courtenay Barton
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
7 PM
55 Walker Street

MFA in Writing Scholar in Residence Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts

Reading and Discussion 
Thursday October 27, 2016
5 PM
Pratt Library Alumni Reading Room

Art for Immigration Reform

Facilitated by The Insurgent Poets Society
Poems and Discussions 
Poets: Witness (Dominica), Croilot (Haiti), Hongy (Korea) 
Presentations: Non-Citizen Voting Rights and the G-Project by The Black Institute
April 30, 2016
2 PM
Higgins Hall Auditorium
Pratt Brooklyn Campus

Archive Seance with NourbeSe Philip and Phinder Dulai

Thursday, February 25, 2016
7 PM
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 West 27th street, Suite 600
New York, New York 

We Be Darker Than Blue

Sonia Sanchez and Mahogany Browne at BRIC
February 16, 2016 

Midnight Moonlight Marathon, poetry reading

February 12, 2016

WWOC & the Pratt MFA in Writing present Greg Pardlo, Tina Chang, Rachel Eliza Griffiths

February 4, 2016

The Pratt MFA Writing Activism Series presents LaShonda Katrice Barnett

February 3, 2016 

Emergency Pratt MFA-organized reading of the work of Ashraf Fayadh 

January 18, 2016

Mahogany L. Browne, Ariel Goldberg, Rachel Levitsky: The White Room

January 6, 2016

 

Students at a Black Lives Matter protest in New York City