Winter Game Jam

Workshops, Game Design, Discussions

December 2, 2018, 6-10 PM

Engineering Building and the GameLab/Media Studio room

Basem Aly & Michele Gorman

Pratt Departments and Divisions, and Outside Organizations: 
IT/Interactive Services, Undergraduate Architecture, the Pratt GameLab, Tabletop club, the Pratt Gaming Club


The Winter Game Jam was held for students of all programs, majors, and backgrounds. Regardless of individual experience or resources, students with an interest in playing and making games are invited to pick up new software, learn through workshops, and collaborate on small-scale projects. Intro workshops on visual scripting Unity3D plugins were held alongside game design “jam,” and free-play consoles and boardgames. The workshop had a sizeable attendance from a range of majors, including both complete beginners to Unity/game development and experienced students. Students also formed groups to rapidly create game prototypes based on the theme, “sub-zero.”

Salomé: Woman of Valor

Theatre/Poetry Spectacle—Special Preview Performance

February 23, 2018, 6:30 PM
Memorial Hall

Adeena Karasick


Departments and Divisions:
Humanities/Media Studies, Pratt Institute Libraries

Salomé: Woman of Valor offers new ways of seeing, reminding us how there is never one story or perspective to be told and allowing the unvoiced be celebrated and heard.

The show was the culmination of five years of work between Adeena Karasick and Grammy Award-winning composer/trumpeter Frank London. The spectacle was a massive art experience, groundbreaking in its interplay of poetry, music, dance and film.  The libretto, written and performed by Adeena Karasick, is a mix of historical, pop cultural, midrashic and Kabbalistic references.  The score blends Arabic, klezmer, Jazz and bhangra musics by the recently knighted (for his contribution to world music) Sir Frank London. Performed with Indian percussionist virtuoso, Deep Singh and keyboard player Shai Bachar. Dance created and performed by Rebecca Margolick and Jesse Zaritt. Video projections by Elizabeth Mak drew  from Charles Bryant’s 1923 silent film, Salomé. Lighting by Nicole Lang. All directed by Alex Aron (co-creator of A Night in the Old Marketplace).

Document and Protest: Women’s Films of the 60s and 70s

Film Screening, Discussion

April 2, 2018, 5-8 PM
Alumni Reading Room, Pratt Library

Katherine Kelley

Presenters and Participants:
Ann Holder, Pratt students

Departments and Divisions: 
Social Science and Cultural Studies, Pratt Institute Libraries

Document and Protest created a space for the screening and discussion of groundbreaking films of the 60s and 70s—films that are innovative and impactful in subtle and nuanced ways and that resonate across generations.

The films screened were:
Felicia, Bob Dickson, by Alan Gorg and Trevor Greenwood
I'll Never Get Her Back, by Tom Ashwell
Betty Tells Her Story, by Liane Brandon
Janie's Janie, by Geri Ashur and Peter Barton

A Life in Books: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley


Performance, Reading, Discussion
Artist book exhibition and Pratt’s The Book minor launch

April 18, 5–7:30 PM
Alumni Reading Room, Pratt Library

Robbin Silverberg

Departments and Divisions: 
Office of the Provost, Pratt Institute Libraries

Presenter: Warren Lehrer

Author/designer/book artist Warren Lehrer presents a multimedia performance/reading of his award-winning illuminated novel A Life In Books: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley. The novel includes 101 books within it, all “written and designed” by his controversial author-protagonist who finds himself in prison looking back on his life and career. A discussion follows.

Conference Planning Charrette: Teaching and Learning across Schools, Departments and Disciplines

Charrette, Collaborative Workshops, Discussion, Planning

Spring 2018

Heather Lewis

Russ Abell, Director, Brian Brooks, Maura Connelly, Chelsea Limbird, Jonathan Scelsa, Dina Weiss

Departments and Divisions: 

School of Art, School of Design, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Architecture, Pratt Institute Libraries

In preparation for the first Pratt Institute Teaching and Learning Conference on September 21, 2018, a representative group of faculty from each of the schools (the School of Information could not participate) and the director of Pratt’s libraries participated  in a brainstorming charrette in the spring, 2018 semester. This diverse body of stakeholders is responsible for drafting conference goals, design, and outreach strategies. Drawing on their individual school/departmental/disciplinary perspectives, the planning group designs an interdisciplinary, interactive and engaging conference which will simultaneously celebrate the public launch of the new Center for Teaching and Learning and build on existing faculty expertise and interests.

RiDE: Out

Spring 2018 + September 27, 2018 at 8 PM
Student Union, Pratt Brooklyn Campus

Two Salons, a Conference + a Printed Supplement

Amir Parsa, Rebecca Armstrong

Departments and Divisions:
Office of the Provost, Office of Public Programs

RiDE: Out is comprised of two salons and a celebration, along with a printed supplement to the RiDE book dubbed RiDE: Out

During the salons, held in the spring of 2018, participating faculty and staff reflected on the themes of RiDE, interdisciplinary manifestations on larger scales, and the opportunities and challenges ahead for cross-departmental and neodisciplinary creative practice at Pratt. Discussions revolved around the theoretical foundations of the RiDE series and the emergence of Fuse, a Nexus for Interdisciplinary and Individualized Learning.

And the Celebration: inviting all RiDE curators, coordinators and participants—that is, all Fellow RiDErs—to a gathering in the in the recently restored Student Union, featuring food, drink, and revelry. The RiDE: Out celebration followed an evening organized by Pratt Presents and the Office of Public Programs. In that program, held in Memorial Hall, renowned artist Laurie Anderson was joined by Holland Cotter, chief art critic for The New York Times, for a conversation about her life and work and the ways in which her career has embodied the themes of risk, dare, and experimentation—the core of the RiDE ethos.