Filip Pospisil

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Filip Pospíšil is an anthropologist, human rights activist and journalist focusing on marginal groups and subcultures in the Central Europe. He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Faculty of Humanities, Charles University Prague in 2010 and authored and co-authored several academic publications. He also took part in research, advocacy and campaigns on human rights and privacy rights. For 6 years he worked as a co-editor and commentator of cultural bi-weekly A2 in Prague. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies (CEMS) at NYU with the project "Securitization as the answer of European countries to the Roma issue?" He teaches at Cooper Union and The New School.

  • 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.