Wednesday, April 25, 2012

THURSDAY: Wallabout Film Festival at IndieScreen, Brooklyn


Curated by a group of interdisciplinary students from Pratt Institute, the 4th Annual Wallabout Film Festival is proud to present the work of innovative student filmmakers from around the world in two programs.  From stories of love gone bad and revenge not going according to plan, to explorations of greed and the pleasures of big butts, this year’s films will entertain, provoke, and inspire.


The Wallabout Film Festival is a student film festival produced and programmed by an interdisciplinary team of students from Pratt Institute. Showcasing films by innovative student filmmakers from around the world, Wallabout is a platform for students to screen their work to a diverse community of peers, artists and industry professionals, initiating conversation and collaboration. Wallabout is an important forum for supporting student filmmaking and for adding to the vibrant creative culture of Brooklyn.

When and where does the festival take place?

The 2012 Wallabout Film Festival will take place on Thursday April 26th at IndieScreen in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Monday, April 23, 2012

A lecture by the visiting SLAS Distinguished Scholar Juan Cole

The Department of Social Science and Cultural Studies invites you to attend a lecture by the SLAS Distinguished Scholar Juan Cole, Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan, on the question "Whatever Happened to the Arab Spring?" Professor Cole's lecture will be held on Monday, April 23, at 6 PM in the Alumni Reading Room.

Professor Cole's most recent books are ENGAGING THE MUSLIM WORLD (Palgrave Macmillan, March, 2009) and NAPOPLEON'S EGYPT: INVADING THE MIDDLE EAST (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007). Many of us also know him as the invaluable blogger of INFORMED COMMENT, columnist on the website TRUTHDIG, and frequent guest on PBS News Hour with Jim Lehrer. He has also appeared on ABC Nightly News, Nightline, the Today Show, Charlie Rose, Anderson Cooper 360, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, the Colbert Report, Democracy Now! and many others.

Please join us for what promises to be an informative and provocative evening.

Best,
 Gregg M. Horowitz, Chair
Department of Social Science and Cultural Studies
Pratt Institute
200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205
718-399-4427

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Film by Joshua Sobel ('10) to Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival this April


Film by Joshua Sobel (B.A. Critical and Visual Studies '10) to Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival this April

 Joshua Sobel is a Brooklyn-based video director and independent film producer from Miami Beach. While at Pratt Institute, he was one of the founders of the Wallabout Film Festival, an international student film competition  currently in its fourth year. Graceland is his first credit as co-executive producer.



"Films by Pratt Institute Alumni to Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival this April"


Friday, April 13, 2012

Senior Thesis Public Reading and Reception



Senior Thesis Public Reading
and
Reception
***
Dekalb Gallery
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
5pm - 6:30



Molly H. Adams.  
Communicating Interdependence: Ecological Thinking and the Natural History Museum.


 
Alexander Damianos.  
A Study of the Public School New York.

 
 


Michael Enten. 
The District Divide: An Investigation of the Effects of Gentrification on Go-Go Music in Washington, D. C.







Rebecca Huber.  
The Rise of the New Woman: Autonomy and Identity in Fashion and the works of Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel. 
  
  





Elizabeth G. Merrill.  
But Hallucinations Are Also Facts: Althusser, Philosophical Autobiography, and the Narration of Mental Illness.

 




Shaina Travis.  
Transitions as a Rider: How Skateboarding Benefits from Corporate Business.
              

Dekalb Gallery
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
5pm - 6:30

Department of Social Science & Cultural Studies
School of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Information: Joshua Karant, jkarant@pratt.edu

Monday, April 9, 2012

Senior Theses and Upcoming Public Reading

The current semester's these are now being defended!  Congratulations to our seniors!

Molly H. Adams.  
Communicating interdependence: Ecological Thinking and the Natural History Museum.

Alexander Damianos
A Study of the Public School New York.

Michael Enten.  
The District Divide:  An Investigation of the Effects of Gentrification on Go-Go Music in Washington, D.C.

Rebecca Huber.  
The Rise of the New Woman:  Autonomy and Identity in Fashion and the works of Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel. 

Elizabeth G. Merrill
But Hallucinations Are Also Facts:  Althusser, Philosophical Autobiography, and the Narration of Mental illness.

Shaina Travis.
Transitions as a Rider: How Skateboarding Benefits from Corporate Business.

We will have a public reading in about a week which will be announced in a separate posting.


Monday, April 2, 2012

Gregory Flaxman on Deleuze - Thursday, April 12, 5:30


“The Face of the Outside: Gilles Deleuze and the Philosophy of the Other”

A presentation by Gregory Flaxman

Thursday, April 12, 5:30
Alumni Reading Room
Pratt Library, 3rd Floor

Gregory Flaxman is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature, and Adjunct Professor of Communications, at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

His book, Gilles Deleuze and the Fabulation of Philosophy, Volume 1 (University of Minnesota Press, 2012), explores the centrality of aesthetics to project of philosophy as an ongoing creation of new concepts.  He is also the editor of a collection of essays on Deleuze’s film theory, Cinema 1 and 2, The Movement Image and The Time Image, entitled, The Brain is the Screen: Deleuze and the Philosophy of Cinema (University of Minnesota, 2000).

This event is co-sponsored by Humanities and Media Studies, the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the United Federation of College Teachers 1460. Please contact Suzanne Verderber (sverderb@pratt.edu), Associate Professor of Humanities and Media Studies, for further information, or for an excerpt from the Fabulation of Philosophy.