Cooper Union Reaches 160 Years

POSTED ON: February 8, 2019

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2019 marks the 160th anniversary of the founding of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. Watch for this logo throughout 2019 as The Cooper Union celebrates its history and its future.

The first major event will be the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Peter Cooper's statue on Monday February 11, at noon, in honor of his birthday, February 12. If you happen to be in Tokyo at the time of the wreath-laying ceremony, don't fret as there is also a parallel celebration that same day at Rocco's New York Style Pizza at 6 PM local time. It's all part of a week-long series of events around the globe known as Cooper Together.

  • 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.