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.

Laurie Anderson

Pratt Presents

An Evening with Laurie Anderson

In Conversation with Holland Cotter

Followed by

A celebration of five years of RiDE

Thursday, September 27 at 6:30 PM
Memorial Hall Auditorium (conversation)/The Student Union (celebration)
Pratt Brooklyn Campus, 200 Willoughby Avenue
Free and open to the public; reservations are required

Don’t miss this special evening continuing Pratt Presents’ event series featuring iconic cultural figures and celebrating RiDE, one of Pratt’s most innovative initiatives. Renowned artist Laurie Anderson will be 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.

The program will consist of two parts—the conversation between Laurie Anderson and Holland Cotter in Memorial Hall Auditorium, immediately followed by the RiDE celebration in the recently restored Student Union, featuring food, drink, and revelry.

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

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
Memorial Hall Auditorium
Pratt Brooklyn Campus, 200 Willoughby Avenue
Free and open to the public; reservations available soon
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.

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