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, 2018, 6:30 PM
Higgins Hall Auditorium (61 St. James Place)
Pratt Brooklyn Campus

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, 2018, at 5:30 PM
Hess Family Theater and Gallery
Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort Street

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.

Fall 2016


Wednesday, November 2 
By Design Symposium 2016, Marc Rosen Education Fund at Pratt Institute with Michele Oka Doner, James Gager, Juan Montoya, David Rockwell, moderated by Marc Rosen
Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort Street

In an ever-changing world that has blurred class distinctions and fueled the consumer’s need to underscore their own identity with a personal style that defines them, "Design" has become an important part of their DNA. Today, when making a purchase, Design has become the x-plus factor in choosing a product. Consumers know that they are buying Design and embrace their need to identify with products that support their sense of taste, sophistication and worth. If "Design is the New Currency" then a designer’s imagination is the bank from which to draw new ideas.

Pratt Presents A Creative Conversation with Kadir Nelson

Saturday, September 17
Memorial Hall Auditorium
Pratt Brooklyn Campus, 200 Willoughby Avenue

Spring 2016

Pratt Presents Branded Design at Industry City

with Areaware and WantedDesign
featuring Chen Chen, Kai Williams, Harry Allen, and Lisa Smith
Moderated by Anita Cooney
Thursday, March 17
Designers Talk, 7 PM (pre-event reception at 6 PM)
The Industry City Store by WantedDesign

Pratt Presents Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures

A screening of the HBO documentary
and a talk with the directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato
Co-presented by Pratt’s Photography and Film/Video departments
Thursday, March 24
Film screening at 6:30 PM; talk immediately following
Memorial Hall Auditorium

Pratt Presents Food, Culture, and Beyond

Co-presented by Pratt’s School of Architecture
with Charlotte Birnbaum, writer and culinary historian;
Asako Iwama, artist and cook;
Sanford Kwinter, architectural theorist and Pratt faculty member;
And Mark Ladner, executive chef, Del Posto
Monday, Apr 18, 6:30 PM
Higgins Hall Auditorium

Pratt Presents A President’s Lecture Series Event with Vik Muniz

Co-presented by Surface
and Pratt School of Art’s Fine Arts and Photography Departments
Monday, May 2, 6:30 PM
Memorial Hall Auditorium

Fall 2015

The Norman Mailer Center Awards and Lecture Home in Brooklyn Honoring Salman Rushdie

With special Guests Laurie Anderson, Gay Talese, Billy Collins, and others

Thursday, December 10 at 6:30 PM
Memorial Hall Auditorium

Pratt Presents Women of Influence in the Business of Art

Art Basel Miami Beach

With Shirin Neshat, visual artist; Mickalene Thomas, visual artist and Pratt alumna; Heidi Zuckerman, Director, Aspen Art Museum; and Stefano Tonchi, editor, W magazine (moderator)

Media partner: W magazine

Thursday, December 3, 11 AM

(Champagne cocktails served upon arrival at 10:30 AM. Post-event reception at noon.)

The Miami Beach EDITION Hotel
2901 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL

Pratt Presents an Evening with the Elgort Family

Co-presented by Surface

With Arthur Elgort, Grethe Barrett Holby, Sophie Elgort, Warren Elgort, Ansel Elgort
Moderated by Spencer Bailey, Editor-in-Chief of Surface magazine

Tuesday, November 17, 6:30 PM
Memorial Hall Auditorium

Pratt Presents Diversity in Design

Co-presented by Steelcase

with Erica Eden, director global design innovation, PepsiCo; Bibhu Mohapatra, founder and creative director, the Bibhu Mohapatra Label; Eddie Opara, partner at Pentagram; Lou Switzer, CEO, the Switzer Group; and moderated by J. J. McCorvey, senior associate editor, Fast Company

Monday, October 19, 6:30 PM
Steelcase Showroom

Spring 2015

Pratt Presents Women of Influence in the Business of Style

With Maria Cornejo, designer, Zero + Maria Cornejo; Melisa Goldie, chief marketing officer of Calvin Klein, Inc.; Tracy Reese, founder and creative director, the Tracy Reese label; and moderated by Eric Wilson, Fashion News Director of InStyle magazine

Sponsored by Rolle-Royce Motor Cars

The IAC Building, 555 W. 18th Street

Friday, May 8, 6 PM

This moderated panel discussion features an exclusive group of top-level female business leaders who are leading change in the fashion industry and profoundly impacting the market.

BAM and Pratt Institute present Unbound: Philip Glass with Kurt Andersen

Upon the publication of his new memoir, Words without Music, Philip Glass, speaks about his life and career with writer novelist, public radio host, and Pratt Trustee Kurt Andersen. 

Co-presented with Greenlight Bookstore

Monday, April 20, 8 PM

Brooklyn Academy of Music, Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Ave

Jeffrey Deitch in Conversation with Stefan Sagmeister

A Pratt Presents President’s Lecture and Surface Design Dialogues event

Memorial Hall Auditorium, Pratt Institute

Tuesday, March 31, 7 PM

Pratt and Surface present a conversation between two luminaries of art and design, Jeffrey Deitch and Stefan Sagmeister. Deitch and Sagmeister will speak with Spencer Bailey, editor-in-chief of Surface magazine, about Deitch's new book Live the Art (Rizzoli), designed by Sagmeister.

Fall 2014

Pratt Presents Language and Culture: A Conversation and Interactive Installation

With Artist Shantell Martin, Pratt student Eduardo Palma, Pratt Writing Professor Ellery Washington
And moderated by NPR’s Maria Hinojosa

Sponsored by Hennessy V.S
Co-presented by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

The Schomburg Center, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard
Monday, December 15 at 6:30 PM

Pratt’s Communication Design student Eduardo Palma will showcase his award-winning bilingual mural representing the dichotomy of rich and poor societies. His presentation will be followed by a conversation about the ways in which language and culture shape each other.

Pratt Presents at Art Basel Miami Beach

A public exhibition of Pratt digital artwork

Sponsored by LG Electronics and an exclusive talk
Co-presented by Surface magazine

The Edition Hotel, Miami Beach

Pratt Presents Planning for Parks: What’s Next?

With Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP (B.Arch. ’87)

Co-presented by Pratt’s Programs for Sustainable Development as part of its Democracy and Public Space series

Memorial Hall Auditorium, Pratt Institute
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 6 PM

In one of his first public talks since his appointment by Mayor Bill de Blasio earlier this year, Pratt alumnus Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, Commissioner of New York City Parks and Recreation, will share his insights for parks and public space.

Pratt Presents an Evening with Fernando Botero

A President’s Lecture Series event

Room 213, Pratt Institute Manhattan Campus
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 6:30 PM

A talk about Fernando Botero’s work by Pratt’s History of Art and Design faculty members Eva Díaz and Karyn Zieve will be followed by a book signing and reception with the artist.

Pratt Presents The Art of Dining: How Master Chefs and Designers Collaborate

With Michael Boodro, ELLE DECOR; Chef Daniel Boulud, Chef Lydia Shire, and Hospitality Designer Adam D. Tihany

Memorial Hall Auditorium, Pratt Institute
Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Distinguished chefs Daniel Boulud and Lydia Shire join famed restaurant designer Adam Tihany and moderator Michael Boodro for a conversation about the ways in which design has helped elevate dining to an art. 

Pratt Presents a Conversation between Michael Kimmelman and Annabelle Selldorf

Co-presented by SURFACE magazine during Archtober

Higgins Hall Auditorium, Pratt Institute
Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 6:30 PM

During Archtober 2014, Pratt presents a conversation between two luminaries of the architecture world, New York Times critic Michael Kimmelman and architect Annabelle Selldorf (B. Arch. ’85). Moderated by Spencer Bailey, executive editor at SURFACE

Spring 2014

Pratt Presents at MAD

Designer City: How Innovative Solutions Transform Urban Life

With Julie Lasky, New York Times; David Burney, Pratt Institute; Christine Gaspar, the Center for Urban Pedagogy; Jason Schupbach, the National Endowment for the Arts; and Wendy E. Brawer, the Green Map System 

The Museum of Arts and Design
Friday, May 16, 2014 at 7 PM

A discussion exploring the intersection of design and public service, demonstrating the social value of good design and innovative design thinking

Pratt Presents at BKLYN DESIGNS

New Models for the Business of Design, Co-presented by DesigNYC

With Wendy Goodman, New York magazine; David Frisco, Pratt Institute; Tania Garbe, founder, Design with Benefits; and others

The Made in NY Media Center Theater, 30 John Street, Brooklyn
Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 2 PM
A discussion moderated by Wendy Goodman, design editor at New York magazine, showcasing new business models that integrate design and social good

Pratt Presents at BKLYN DESIGNS

On the Horizon: What’s Emerging in Design & Tech?

With Cliff Kuang, WIRED and Colin Raney, IDEO

The Made in NY Media Center Theater, 30 John Street, Brooklyn
Friday, May 9, 2014 at 6 PM
A conversation featuring Cliff Kuang, senior editor at WIRED, and Colin Raney from IDEO about the cutting edge of design and technology

Pratt Presents an Evening with Spike Lee

Co-presented by the Division of Student Affairs, the Office of Student Involvement, and the Pratt Student Diversity Council

Memorial Hall Auditorium, Pratt Institute
February 25, 2014 at 6:30 PM
One of contemporary cinema’s most celebrated figures, speaks at Pratt Institute in honor of African American History Month.