Upcoming Events & Exhibitions

  • 2018 Student Exhibition

    This annual exhibition transforms the classrooms, hallways and studios of The Cooper Union into galleries showcasing work from the schools of art, architecture and engineering

  • Micheal Eric Dyson

    What Truth Sounds Like

    Author Michael Eric Dyson sits down with writer/activist Shaun King and singer/activist Harry Belafonte to discuss the past, present and future of our fractured racial landscape

  • Typographics 2018

    The annual event series, now in its 4th year, takes place June 11–21, 2018, and is devoted to contemp­orary typo­graphy, with talks, work­shops, and tours focusing on where typo­graphy is today and where its future may lie

Snapshots: School of Art

Three aspiring artists, all women, each originally from a different Caribbean island, arriving in the U.S. at different ages, all ended up at the School of Art as freshmen in 2014. Four years later Paloma Izquierdo, Naomi Lisiki, and Taya Serrao are also graduating together

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Thesis Year Snapshots 2018: Architecture

Three fifth-year students from the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture talk about their experiences studying at The Cooper Union as they prepare to graduate next week

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2018 Student Exhibition

This annual exhibition transforms the classrooms, hallways and studios of The Cooper Union into galleries showcasing work from the schools of art, architecture and engineering

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Dr. Barry L. Shoop Named New Engineering Dean

Read the announcement by President Laura Sparks

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Lucy Raven Gets Berlin Prize

The assistant professor in the School of Art has been selected for the fellowship of scholars, artists, and writers from the U.S. who "represent the highest standards of excellence in their fields"

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Dr. Atul Gawande in The Great Hall

The surgeon and best-selling author delivered the annual Benjamin Menschel Distinguished Lecture on "How Lives Are Saved Today, Tomorrow and the Next Day." Watch it on the Cooper Union Youtube channel

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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.