Upcoming Events & Exhibitions

  • Ethics in the Real World

    Ethics in the Real World

    A free, public talk by Peter Singer about his latest book of essays on current issues of philosophy

  • L'hôte: Within the Context of Geo-Aesthetics

    L'hôte: Within the Context of Geo-Aesthetics

    A free, public conversation the artist Maria Nordman as part of the Intradisciplinary Seminar series

  • Reconstructing Comix

    Reconstructing Comix

    A free, public discussion among some of the leading Francophone comic artists discussing, "the 'architecture' of Franco-Belgian graphic narratives, from Tintin to today"

Meet the Deans: Mike Essl

Meet the Deans: Mike Essl

We sat down with the alumnus, professor, co-plaintiff in the lawsuit that led to The Cooper Union's settlement with the attorney general and new acting dean of the School of Art for a chat about how he got where he is and what he would like to do while he helms the ship

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See "The Constitution Today"

See "The Constitution Today"

In the first of ten videos capturing the free, public course on "The Constitution Today," watch Akhil Reed Amar of the Yale Law School discuss "The Presidency: A Return to Dynasty?" You can also see the class in person, most Mondays through November in The Great Hall. Subsequent videos will be posted approximately two weeks after each class

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New President Announced

New President Announced

Laura Sparks, executive director of the William Penn Foundation in Philadelphia, has been elected president of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, effective January 4, 2017. Sparks will be the first woman to lead the institution

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Astor Alive! Celebrates Renewal of Astor Place

Astor Alive! Celebrates Renewal of Astor Place

From September 15 to 18,  the Village Alliance sponsored a festival to celebrate the cultural institutions of the area including The Cooper Union

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Inside "Swiss Style Now"

Alexander Tochilovsky A’00 and Xavier Erni talk about the graphic design exhibition  in 41 Cooper Square Gallery from September 6 through October 1

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Residency Sends Cooper Students to Mexico City

Residency Sends Cooper Students to Mexico City

This summer seven students participated in the first collaboration between the School of Art and SOMA, an organization founded to introduce young artists, curators and historians from around the world to the contemporary Mexican art world

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  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.