Congressman John Lewis in The Great Hall

Thursday, May 11, 2017, 7:30 - 8:30pm

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Making "(H)afrocentric"The Honorable John Lewis, U.S. Representative of the 5th Congressional District of Georgia and a long-standing leader of civil and human rights, will discuss the need for civic engagement. Often called "one of the most courageous persons the Civil Rights Movement ever produced," Congressman Lewis has dedicated his life to protecting human rights, securing civil liberties, and building what he calls "The Beloved Community" in America. Representative Lewis has served as U.S. Representative since he was elected to Congress in November 1986. 

If you are unable to attend you can watch it live, via The Cooper Union YouTube Channel

This event is part of "Drawing Lines: The Black American Experience," a three-part series of events at The Cooper Union. All events are free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come-first-served basis. The other events include:

Making "(H)afrocentric" Friday, May 12, 6:30 PM

Making "(H)afrocentric"Juliana “Jewels” Smith will discuss (H)afrocentric, her comic series featuring four disgruntled undergrads of color and their adventures at Ronald Reagan University



Black Pulp! Saturday, May 13, 6:30 PM

Black Pulp!William Villalongo A’99, assistant professor in the School of Art, and Mark Thomas Gibson A’02 will discuss Black Pulp!, a traveling exhibition they co-curated that examines the evolving perspectives of Black identity in American culture and history from 1912 to 1990 through rare historical printed media and contemporary art

Located in The Great Hall, in the Foundation Building, 7 East 7th Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues

  • 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.