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.
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!
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.
Monday, 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Location TBD (sent via email by Monday evening)
In honor of National Black Solidarity Day faculty, staff, alumni, and students hosted a reading of A Day of Absence: A Satirical Fantasy was written in 1965 by Douglas Turner Ward as political satire. This play was read at Brooklyn College in 1969 and inspired Black Solidarity Day. Is is the Monday before Election Day (this year, Nov 2nd) for us to take stock of race, class, and politics. This satire looks at what would happen in a small Southern town in 1965 if all the Black Americans did not go to work or consume anything. The unfolding chaos illustrates the deep reliance we have on certain communities for the functioning of our society.
Wednesday, October 7, 12:30–1:30 PM
Pratt Brooklyn Campus, Film/Video Building (550 Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn, NY)
Antena is a language justice and literary experimentation collaborative founded by Jen Hofer and John Pluecker, both writers, artists, literary translators, book-makers, and activist interpreters. Focusing on building multilingual spaces, Antena has a wide array of inititatives that range from exhibiting and publishing to performing and organizing with numerous groups, museums, and institutions. On October 7, Pratt’s M.F.A. in Writing program will invite Antena to present their cross-cultural work and adress the topic of language justice.