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.

Pratt Presents Conversations on Creativity with Questlove:
Creativity and Identity featuring Hank Willis Thomas

Co-presented by Pratt School of Arts Fine Arts Department
Moderated by Ben Greenman
Tuesday, May 1, at 7:30 PM
Memorial Hall Auditorium, Pratt Institute
Free and open to the public; reservations required

Don’t miss the third event in Pratt’s popular series in partnership with Questlove, in which he engages with artists and visionaries to explore different aspects of creativity and the creative process. Questlove — producer, musician, designer, culinary entrepreneur, and New York Times best-selling author—will be joined by acclaimed conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas, whose work deals primarily with themes related to identity, history, and popular culture. Previous events in the Creativity series have featured comedian and social critic Baratunde Thurston and acclaimed filmmaker Ava DuVernay. New York Times-bestselling author Ben Greenman is the series moderator.  Questlove will be signing copies of his new book Creative Quest, immediately following the event. 

Pratt Presents at Design Talks NYC
Women of Influence in the Business of Design

Frances Bronet, President of Pratt Institute
Debbie Millman, designer, educator, brand strategist, and host of the Design Matters podcast
Sybil Yurman, Co-founder and Chief Brand Officer, David Yurman

Moderated by Susan Szenasy, Director of Design Innovation, Metropolis
Co-presented by Pratt’s School of Design

Thursday, May 17
6 PM
Durst Marketing Center
4 Times Square, 21st Floor
New York, NY

Reservations required

This event continues Pratt’s ongoing and highly successful series that examines the accomplishments of women who are leading change and driving innovation in various industries of particular interest to Pratt. Previously, this cycle of high-profile panel discussions has considered the fashion industry with Women of Influence in the Business of Style, the art world with Women of Influence in the Business of Art, and the film industry with Women of Influence in the Business of Film. We are extending the series with Pratt Presents Women of Influence in the Business of Design on May 17. Pratt’s new President Frances Bronet is anchoring the program as the leader of a major college of art and design. She will be joined by designer, educator, and brand strategist Debbie Millman and by Sybil Yurman, co-founder and Chief Brand Officer for David Yurman. Susan Szenasy of Metropolis magazine will moderate. This event is officially part of NYCxDESIGN’s public event series DESIGN TALKS NYC.

Please note that if a free event is full we will offer standby seating on a first-come, first-served basis. Waiting in standby does not guarantee admission, but we will try to accommodate as many people as space allows.
For more information, please contact The Office of Public Programs at 718.687.5981.

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.