The Academic Senate provides Pratt Forum, an open listerv for the Institute’s academic community. The Senate does not control content of these messages; each sender is responsible for their content. Messages do not necessarily reflect the endorsement by the Academic Senate or Pratt Institute.

To join the Forum, please visit!forum/pratt-forum and log in with a Google account, or email to request membership. Once approved, you will be able to post messages using the Google Groups web interface or by emailing from an email address associated with the group. You can also set email digest preferences (all mail, combined messages, daily digest, no email) and view forum members.

Past Forum discussions have addressed the following topics:

  • Rapid prototyping
  • Rapid prototyping of solutions
  • The Idea Lab
  • Nude models at art colleges
  • Contemporary architecture
  • Industry contracts at colleges
  • Research
  • Revolutions in design and making
  • Technological literacy
  • All of MIT’s course material is online
  • Computation and the arts
  • Contemporary art
  • Theory in academia
  • Writing in colleges
  • Online learning
  • Grade inflation
  • The resolution of Zeno’s paradoxes
  • Robotics
  • AI and consciousness
  • Role of chairs at Pratt
  • Biomimicry – Art and Science
  • Comics
  • Diversity
  • Faculty Union elections
  • What students should know
  • Faculty Union contract “memorandum of understanding”
  • Teaching assistants at Pratt
  • Bioluminescence

Listserv Guidelines

First posted December 2002; amended and ratified by the Academic Senate, November 2003

List participants are expected to express themselves with sensitivity and consideration for others. The list administrator therefore reserves the right to take whatever actions are deemed necessary and prudent to maintain a free and lively forum.

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