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At Cooper: Fall 2017

Table of Contents: Vol. XLVII, No. 3, Fall 2017

At  Cooper Fall 2017 coverLetter by Laura Sparks


The Final Gift
The bequest from Irma Giustino Weiss A'45 challenges others to follow her generosity
Sidebar: Ronald Martin A'08
Sidebar: Alexandra Bull A'10

Cooper in Space
In spite of not having an aeronautics or rocket design program Cooper Union graduates have played important roles in designing, building, and launching the rockets and satellites
Sidebar: General John W. "Jay" Raymond Visits Cooper 

Girl Powered
A tour of the 33,000-square-foot Lower East Side Girls Club with founder Lyn Pentecost A'20

New Faculty
Following last year’s remarkable influx of seven new full-time, tenure-track faculty members across three academic branches, the reinvestment in teaching resources at The Cooper Union continues
Sidebar: Antoinette "Toni" Torres
Sidebar: Adriana Farmiga A'96

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Look Closer
We tag along with Annika Finne, adjunct instructor in HSS, to the Met museum where her class, "Reading Surfaces: Painting Techniques Over Time," hits a sweet spot of artistic processes with art history and the practice of close observation

Professor Linda Pollak Exhibits Her "Atlas of (In)Visible Spaces"
The adjunct professor and highly accomplished architect has made her street in Tribeca the subject of a photographic practice that takes the notion of “street photography” to microscopic depths

Architecture Students & Faculty in IdeasCity 2017
Led by Assistant Professor Lorena Del Rio, groups of student volunteers fabricated segments of a design for a stepped seating environment that, when fully assembled, is circular in plan

Maria Thereza Alves A'85 Uses Art to Address Ongoing Colonialism
We chatted with the artist, who delivered a free, public lecture in the Great Hall on November 7, about her work

Now You See It...
William Germano, professor and author of the recent book Eye Chart, reflects on an object that started as a diagnostic tool but became cultural meme

William Villango A'99 Has a Chelsea Solo Exhibition
The Assistant Professor and 1999 School of Art graduate's collection of figurative works is titled, "Keep on Pushing"

Inauguration Week: Truth
A week-long schedule of public programming and community events centered around the theme of TRUTH

Cooper Student's Invention Wins $100K

In Case You Missed It... Watch Three Recent Visits to the Great Hall
Daniel Libeskind A'70
Milton Glaser A'51
Winton Marsalis

Healthcare-Focused Student Works Win Prizes
Seniors Giovanni Sanchez and Ruchi Patel, and junior Simon Shao all took home cash awards for innovative solutions in one weekend

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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.