Pratt Presents Public Programs

Pratt Presents is a curated series of high-profile public programs and events that showcase the Institute’s expertise and reputation as a distinguished academic institution, as well as a cultural hub. Pratt Presents lectures, conversations, and performances feature distinguished artists, thinkers, and influencers.

New Models for Education
President Frances Bronet in Conversation with Cathy N. Davidson

A President’s Lecture Series Event
During Presidential Inauguration week

Monday, October 29, 6:30 PM
Higgins Hall Auditorium (61 St. James Place)
Pratt Brooklyn Campus
Free and open to the public
To make a reservation, visit the inauguration registration page and select the President’s Lecture Series event on October 29.  

How can higher education be transformed, and how can students be better equipped for a changing world?  Renowned scholar of history and technology Cathy N. Davidson and Pratt President Frances Bronet will explore these and other questions in a special President’s Lecture Series event that launches a week-long celebration of the Presidential Inauguration.

Davidson’s work focuses on trust, data, and new collaborative methods of living and learning.  She is the author of the acclaimed book The New Education: How to Revolutionize the University to Prepare Students for a World In Flux. The Washington Post has referred to Davidson as “one of the most thoughtful voices from within academia calling for a more student-centered university.” President Bronet, a distinguished educator and leader at the forefront of interdisciplinary learning, became Pratt Institute’s president in January 2018. Bronet previously served as senior vice president and provost at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago, and as acting provost and dean of the School of Architecture and Allied Arts (now the College of Design) at the University of Oregon. For more than two decades, she has worked to extend the creative boundaries by developing and publishing on multidisciplinary design curricula that connects architecture, technology, dance, and the arts. 

This event is part of Pratt’s Presidential Inauguration to officially welcome and install Frances Bronet as Pratt’s 12th President.

Pratt Design Symposium 2018

Designing the Wow Factor

Jamie Drake, Award-winning Interior Designer
William Ivey Long, Tony-winning Broadway Costume Designer
Daniel Sundlin, BIG Architects
Paula Scher, Partner, Pentagram Agency
Moderated by Marc Rosen

Tuesday, November 27 at 5:30 PM
Hess Family Theater and Gallery
Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort Street
Free and open to the public; 
reservations required and available soon.

Creating an interior, an ad campaign, a building, a perfume bottle, or a costume for a Broadway show involves a process where every designer searches for the “wow factor” to create excitement. Be it a quiet, elegant wow or a big bold one, those of us who begin a project with a blank page always come to the point where we need that x-plus wow to grab the consumer. Some of us start out with the big idea, while for others, it evolves over time. Our panel of design experts will share their insights and experiences about how the wow factor applies to their fields.

Pratt strives to make all programs, services and activities accessible, and will provide assistance to accommodate any individuals with disabilities. Security personnel, located at booths at 200 Willoughby Avenue and other campus locations, are available for assistance. Additional accessibility resources are available at

Image: (above) Spike Lee during his spring 2014 appearance at Pratt; (below) Laurie Anderson


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