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Dr. Atul Gawande
April 25, 2018

The surgeon, writer, and public health researcher speaks about the "Changing Human Life Span"


Making Art & Music
October 19, 2018

Metallica's Lars Ulrich in conversation with photography duo Herring & Herring (Dimitri Scheblanov A'05 and Jesper Carlsen



Rewriting Painting
April 19, 2018

Lois Dodd A'48, Thomas Nozkowski A'67, and Philip Taaffe A'77 discuss the state and shape of contemporary painting



Wynton Marsalis
January 17, 2018

Highlights of  the internationally acclaimed musician, composer and bandleader, educator, and leading advocate of American culture, delivering the Benjamin Menschel Distinguished Lecture

  • 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.