At Cooper Union

On October 18, 2011 The Cooper Union inaugurated its twelfth president, Jamshed Bharucha. The inaugural celebration included two days of programming for the Cooper Union and New York City community, marking the beginning of a new chapter in the institution's rich history. These events, covered in the following pages, included student and faculty exhibitions, a colloquium on globalization and the future of education, a reception on New York City's High Line, and a street party outside of our historic Foundation Building.

In light of current financial circumstances, we've elected to publish At Cooper magazine in an electronic format, making it more cost effective, greener and accessible to a wider audience through our online presence. Explore our issue with the interactive Flash-based reader above, or individual standard pages below.

At Cooper Union | Digital Edition
Fall/Winter  2011-2012

Inauguration Issue
Daniel Okrent and Jamshed Bharucha in Conversation
Educating students to Lead in a Global Content
On View

News Briefs
Anne Griffin Honored by Kingdom of Belgium
Marek Bartelik named President of International Association of Art Critics
Alumni Association welcomes Peter Cafiero
Francois de Menil (AR’87) Elected Vice Chair of the Board
The Vincent C. Morrone Scholarship Fund
New Peter Cooper Heritage Society Members
Alumni Roof Terrace Update

Alumni News
President's Column
Regional Events
CU Shop
Published Pioneers
Pioneer Profile: Behavior
Class Notes (as PDF)


  • 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.