Upcoming Events & Exhibitions

An Evening with the Glorias

Watch the cast and creators of The Glorias, the new biopic about Gloria Steinem, including Julie Taymor, Julianne Moore, Alicia Vikander, and special guest Gloria Steinem discuss the making and meaning of the film


This Is What Democracy Looked Like

If you can't personally visit the exhibition showcasing historical election ballots in the colonnade windows of the Foundation Building you can now view it online

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Focusing on Intersectional Justice During Orientation

This past August, incoming students participated in reading groups that explored social justice issues as part of their introduction to a Cooper education

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Inside Cooper During COVID

From the dorm to the labs, most everything is different this semester. Here's what's changed

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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.