Kent Szlauderbach

Writing Associate

Kent Szlauderbach writes fiction, essays, and screenplays that have been featured or are forthcoming in BOMB, The Brooklyn Rail, Vimeo Staff Picks, and other online venues. In 2014, he also served as editor-in-chief and publisher of Civilian—a civics, art, and literature journal designed as a critical map of Midwestern art and journalism practices. He now teaches writing and visual media at Hunter College and Queens College, and holds an MFA from Columbia University, where in 2016 he was awarded a teaching fellowship with the Undergraduate Writing Program.

  • 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.