Director Spike Lee, one of contemporary cinema’s most celebrated figures, will speak on Tuesday, February 25 at 6:30 PM in the Memorial Hall Auditorium on Pratt's Brooklyn campus, in honor of African American History Month. The filmmaker, producer, and writer will address Pratt students and the public, sharing thoughts on his road to success, the themes that resonate through much of his work, and the cultural impact of his career. The event is free and open to the public. Space is limited.

Raised in Brooklyn, Lee frequently incorporates the borough and relevant issues—such as gentrification, race relations, urban crime, and poverty—into his movies, including his seminal 1989 film Do the Right Thing, as well as ClockersHe Got Game, and others. Staying close to his roots, Lee located his production company 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, which supports independent and aspiring filmmakers, in Fort Greene. Lee has also directed such films as 25th Hour, staring Edward Norton and Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Inside Man, starring Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, and Jodie Foster.

Pratt students with tickets will receive priority seating until 6 PM. Student tickets are available now at the Office of Student Involvement in Chapel Hall Room 007. A valid student ID is required. The general public will be admitted after 6 PM, with prior reservations. Members of the public can reserve up to two tickets by emailing Please include name(s) and phone number.

This is a Pratt Presents program co-sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs, the Office of Student Involvement, and the Pratt Student Diversity Council. The Pratt Presents series features distinguished guests in a variety of formats. Stay tuned for more Pratt Presents programs in the near future.

Image: Spike Lee Image Credit: David C. Lee.