Events

Monday, November 4th at 1:00 pm

Black Solidarity Day

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Thursday, October 17th at 6:30 PM

Screening: Ava DuVernay’s 13th

Please join Black Lives Matter Pratt, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and the Film/Video Department for a screening of Ava DuVernay’s documentary 13th, Thursday, October 17th at 6:30 PM at the Katharine McKenna Screening Room in the Film/Video building on the Brooklyn Campus.

A pre-screening discussion will be facilitated by Katherine Cheairs, Director of Education at Howl! Happening: An Arturo Vega Project and Ph.D. candidate at Columbia University. This event is free and open to the external community, so please invite anyone who you think might be interested.

Pratt is partnering with the 400 Years of Inequality initiative to observe the 400th Anniversary of the first enslaved Africans arrival in Jamestown, Virginia in 1619. In addition, the 400 Years of Inequality Timeline, which showcases the history of African Americans, Native Americans, women, and working people from 1619 until now, will be on display in the Student Union from October 15th to 18th.

Katherine “Kat” Cheairs is a filmmaker, educator, curator, activist and community artist. Kat’s areas of research include: HIV/AIDS; visual culture; media arts therapy; community arts; and, critical race theory in art education. Ms. Cheairs has designed and taught media arts programs for organizations such as, BRIC, Tribeca Film Institute, Film Society of Lincoln Center and Four Freedoms Park Conservancy. Kat also designed and taught courses for the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Filmmaking and Media Production Program at American InterContinental University in Atlanta, to not only build technical capacities in students, but develop personal narratives and self-portraiture as a locus for storytelling. Ms. Cheairs has been teaching media literacy and production for over ten years and has frequently worked with students across a range of ages and experiences including, incarcerated and formerly incarcerated youth and adults. Kat has participated as a panelist and moderator at numerous screenings and public programs, including; BAM, Tufts University UnionDocs, The New School, and NYU. Ms. Cheairs has a Master of Fine Arts in Film and Television Production from the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University.

 

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The Integrative Mind & Body Program and Black Lives Matter at Pratt is presenting this new empowerment workshop series connecting Asian and African movement techniques. The lively mix of yoga, African dance, and Chinese Qi Gong guarantees an energizing and relaxing experience. The workshop is free and open to all students, faculty, and staff members. To RSVP please email blm@pratt.edu.

Access to Pratt Programs and Activities
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 pratt.edu/accessibility.

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Here’s an update on all things BLM Pratt happening this fall!!

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Tuesday March 26th, 2019

Screening: The Bombing of Osage Avenue by Louis Massiah

Please join us for a screening of the extraordinary film “The Bombing of Osage Avenue,” a documentary about the MOVE bombing in Philadelphia, by filmmaker and videographer Louis Massiah on Tuesday, March 26, beginning at 6:00 PM, in the Screening Room at the Film/Video Building.

The film will inaugurate Massiah’s two weeks as an SLAS Scholar-in-Residence at Pratt.There will be a Q&A with Massiah followed by a reception. 

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Tuesday March 26th, 2019

Digital Spatialities

The Social Media Lab @ Global South Center would like to invite you to its inaugural event entitled “Digital Spatialities: A Critical, Visual, and Ethnographic Social Media Methodologies Workshop” to be held at the Brooklyn campus, Pratt Institute, March 26th, 9.30 a.m. to 7.00p.m.

This workshop will bring together scholars pursuing research on social media phenomena within the US and globally. The morning panels (Dekalb 208, 10a.m.-12p.m.) will explore hashtag activism (#yonomequito in Puerto Rico), alternative news production in Turkey, and Filipina migrant workers’ engagement in digital countersurveillance practices.

From 2.30-4.30p.m. (Alumni Room), Idalin Bobé (founder of Techactivist.Org) will facilitate a workshop entitled: “The Media is the Most Powerful Entity: Learned Lessons in Organizing during the Age of Social Media and Bias Algorithms.” This workshop draws from Idalin’s experiences using social media to mobilize while being at the frontlines during the Ferguson #BlackLivesMatter protests, as well as her efforts at equipping minoritized youth with critical social media literacy skills. 

At 5.30pm (Alumni Room), Prof. Frances Negrón-Muntaner (Columbia University) will deliver her keynote lecture “The ‘Valor y Cambio’ Project: Practicing Art, Narrative and Just Economies in Puerto Rico,” informed by her current community currency project in Puerto Rico, and her extensive experience as an activist, writer, filmmaker, curator, and educator pushing for alternative forms of sovereignty across world regions.

Wednesday March 20th, 2019

Women’s Financial Empowerment Workshop w/ Jacquette M. Timmons

Please join us for a Women’s Financial Empowerment Workshop in Higgins Hall, from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM. The workshop will be led by Jacquette M. Timmons. This event is open to the public, so please share with your networks and any community organizations you may be apart of!

Tuesday March 5th, 2019

Vogue Waacking with Archie Burnett (House of Ninja) 

Please join us for a free Vogue/Waacking workshop  by the world-renowned Archie Burnett of the House of Ninja. We will be hosting two sessions, one at 1:15 PM and another at 7:15 PM in the ARC Dance Studio. For any questions please email us at blm@pratt.

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Wednesday February 27th, 2019

6pm-7:30pm Bell Bottoms & Activism: Pratt in the 1970s

Please join us for an evening exploring the intersections of art, advocacy, and activism during one of the most turbulent times in American history.

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Friday February 15th, 2019

6pm-9pm Black Dress:Salon Feat. Byron Lars

An evening highlighting contributions made by Black men and women in the fashion industry, kicking off the Black History Month⁠ ⁠celebration at Pratt Institute! Hope to see you there!