EVENT:Performance and Perceptions of a Black frame: Behind the Scenes with Emir Lewis

Performance and Perceptions of a Black frame:
Behind the Scenes with Emir Lewis
Tuesday, February 23 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Engineering Building Room 307, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn

Emir Lewis, renowned editor and producer for video and film will be giving a presentation and interview at Pratt to discuss aspects around #BlackLivesMatter and @OscarsSoWhite. Mr. Lewis is coming from a different perspectives than many people in these movements: He will discuss how technical aspects of film and television production “frame” our perceptions of Black culture, performances and activism. In addition to teaching at NYU, Mr. Lewis is a 6-time Emmy nominee and is deeply committed to independent films, including documentaries.

EVENT – Image/Re-Image: Visualizing Why “Black Lives Matter” Now

Monday, February 29 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm in East Hall Room 312, Pratt Institute Library, Brooklyn

This talk, by Pratt professor Ann Holder, will focus on how the relationship between visual culture and “Black Lives” exposes the limitations of U.S. democracy, and reveals active practices of Black citizenship that have posed new paths toward an expansive American politics. Too often the alternative visions have been rendered invisible through various forms of cultural erasure. Re-surfacing them requires challenging the silences and “failures to see” that characterize distinctly US forms of racial fundamentalism and structural racism. The talk will identify some key examples of these dilemmas, and encourage thinking together in the discussion that follows.

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EVENT: Concerning Violence – Documentary Screening and Talk Back

dogwoof_documentary_concerning_violence_quad_400_300_85Monday, February 1 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm in the Alumni Reading Room, Pratt Institute Library, Brooklyn

Black Lives Matter Pratt and professor Todd Ayoung will be screening the film, Concerning Violence, on the first day of Black History month. Concerning Violence is a 2014 documentary written and directed by Göran Olsson based on Franz Fanon’s essay of the same name from the book “The Wretched of the Earth” (1961). The film explores African nationalist and independence movements in the 1960s and 1970s. Pratt professor, Todd Ayoung, will be presenting the documentary and leading a talk back after the showing. Click here to RSVP.

EVENT: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Struggle Against Environmental Racism in the United States

12376117_143702825996539_5917495576546466731_nWednesday, January 20th from 6:00pm to 7:30pm in the Alumni Reading Room

Led by Professor Carl Zimring, this Black Lives Matter at Pratt event will feature a talk on the deep links between race and sustainability; how to think about environmental racism and environmental justice in the broad scope of telling American history. The event will begin with a 30 minute lecture before opening up for questions. Click here to RSVP.

Social Justice at Pratt! Stipends Available!

Social Justice at Pratt! Stipends Available!

Inspired by student/faculty meetings last spring, members of the Social Practice Faculty Seminar wrote and received a grant related to racial/social justice and student well-being on campus.

Four students will each be paid a small stipend to help shape and facilitate two listening sessions on the meaning of justice, with a focus on racial inequalities, for students at Pratt.

Please share with any students who may be interested. Click here for more information.

EVENT: Supporting Student Well-Being: Talking about Social and Racial Justice

10629577_127579154275573_7841933645996611359_nMonday, November 30, 12:30pm
Pratt Brooklyn Campus, Alumni Reading Room

Pratt’s Social Practice Faculty will be hosting a listening session focused on the relationship between student well-being and racial justice at Pratt Institute. Student perspectives will inform a series of seminars planned for the spring. Pizza will be provided. RSVPs are preferred – click here to RSVP

EVENT: An Uncomfortable Conversation about Race in America Today

Fay and CiscoTuesday, November 17, 12:30pm
Pratt Brooklyn Campus, L
ocation TBD

Voice artist Fay Victor and historian/blogger Cisco Bradley will lead an interactive conversation about race and the new civil rights movement as they are manifest in the United States today. Discussions will cover a wide range of contemporary issues like police violence against people of color, white fear of black bodies, racial dynamics among artist communities, and the role of white allies in the Black Lives Matter movement today, among other issues. Students are especially encouraged to participate. Victor and Bradley began their collaborations in the wake of high-profile police killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and many others by founding the TalkRace forum in December 2014 with the explicit goal of having “uncomfortable” conversations about race between people of diverse backgrounds. Moving beyond the bland conversations that generally occur in the public sphere surrounding issues of race, this event will engage members of the Pratt community to take part in conversation about these critical issues.

Space is limited.

Please RSVP by Monday, November 16, at 5 pm if you would like to be involved by emailing Cisco Bradley at fbradl21@pratt.edu.

Location TBD (sent via email by Monday evening)