Even for those of us long since done with school, something about the crisp, September air still feels studious. The just-a-bit-too-chilly mornings make me think I should be buying textbooks instead of paying my heating bill—after all, they cost about the same. Thankfully for your inner student, Pratt Institute has just announced “Pratt Presents,” a free public program series that will run through this fall, quenching your thirst for knowledge and intellectual engagement with the likes of Times critic Michael Kimmelman, chefs Daniel Boulud and Lydia Shire, and Colombian painter and sculptor Fernando Botero.
The fill listing of events, available on Pratt’s site, and is sure to fascinate on a range of topics, from master chef-ing to the inner workings of park-planning. The first event, with Michael Kimmelman and architect Annabelle Selldorf, kicks off October 16 as part of Archtober, a month-long festival of architecture and design.
Most events will take place on Pratt’s campus, in Clinton Hill, but there is at least one event taking place in a different neighb’—Miami, to be exact, where Pratt will host an event with Surface magazine, concurrent with the annual art show Art Basel.
All the talks in the Pratt Presents series are free (free!), but ticket reservations are required. But let’s be real: When’s the last time you got to go to class for free?
More information on the artist’s work pictured above can be found here.
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