E Barnick

Adjunct Instructor

E Barnick is a PhD candidate in Performance Studies at New York University studying the intersection of image making, carceral epistemologies, and collective creative practice. Their research focuses on imaging as a site of rehearsal for sense making in community, and a practice of community that is unboundaried, even to harm. They received their BA in Theater and Performance Studies from Stanford University and they have worked for several years as a performance facilitator and rehearsal enthusiast.




  • 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.