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Concert for Cooper

Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 7:30 - 8:30pm

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This one-night-only benefit concert to support the school’s commitment to return to free tuition for all undergraduate students! The show features musical performances, celebrity readings, and “shout outs” from distinguished guests, which together tell the story of The Cooper Union—from the history of civic engagement in the Great Hall to the outsized impact of Cooper innovation in New York and beyond.

Join us for this free, live-streamed event on Wednesday, August 12 at 7:30 PM. Register here.

The concert features appearances by outstanding musicians as well as renowned actors from theater, television, and film—winners of Golden Globe, Tony, Emmy, Obie, and Drama Desk awards.

Kathleen Chalfant • Margaret Cho • Tokala Clifford • Alan Cumming • Kimberly Guerrero • Michael Kelly • Jody Long • Brian Stokes Mitchell • Arian Moayed • Tracey Ullman • Alfre Woodard

and musical guests

The Broadcast (psychedelic soul rock) • Amy Engelhardt (Bridge and Tunnel Baby) • Ben Folds (performing his hit song Landed) • Jen Malenke (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory )• KImberly Marable (Hadestown) • Doña Oxford (Together) • David Wain with Bobby Cannavale (performing Sisters and Brothers) • Aléna Watters (Mrs. Doubtfire)

with Cooper Union alumni guests

Akshay Anantapadmanabhan EE'10, MEE'11, acclaimed Mridangam artist based in Chennai, India • The Coopertones (acapella) • Patty Jenkins • Daniel Arsham • Julian LaVerdiere • Dick Schwartz • Lee Skolnick

  • 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.