Zachary Berman

Adjunct Instructor

Zachary Berman a doctoral candidate in the History Department at the CUNY Graduate Center working on a dissertation on British imperialism in Egypt, Egyptian imperialism in Sudan, and efforts toward abolition of slavery entitled "Owing and Owning: Zubayr Pasha and Bondage in Egyptian Sudan." He is a graduate of U.C.Berkeley and is a recipient of a CUNY Writing Fellowship and an American Research Center in Egypt fellowship.

  • 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.”

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  • 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.