CU @ Lunch with Alumni

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Begun in 1997, CU @ Lunch with Cooper Union Alumni focuses on the work of recent graduates who can speak about the vital issues they face following graduation. The program's objectives are to provide career-development programming for architecture and art students by drawing on alumni expertise; facilitate the development of alumni-to-student learning and relationships; provide independent and faculty alumni with a professional-development opportunity, by offering a public platform to present their work; and create a unique intellectual forum for students, faculty, and staff that focuses on topics of interest to the Cooper community.

Announcements for each event are made available online as a student resource. The brief text about the speakers serves two professional development purposes: it documents the career path and undertakings of each the speaker and presents students with a repository of potential contacts. The Career Center works with Cooper's Center for Design & Typography to produce the announcements, adding a visual richness to the CU @ Lunch Poster Archive.

CU @ Lunch Poster Archive


  • 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.