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In Conversation: Yuri Slezkine and Amor Towles

Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 6:30 - 7:30pm

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Yuri Slezkine (l) and Amor Towles. Yuri Slezkine photo by Laurent Denimal. Photo of Amor Towles by David Jacobs

Yuri Slezkine (l) and Amor Towles. Yuri Slezkine photo by Laurent Denimal. Photo of Amor Towles by David Jacobs

In a free, public event, Yuri Slezkine, author of The House of Government (2017, Princeton University Press) speaks with novelist Amor Towles.

Yuri Slezkine is the Jane K. Sather Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley. His books include The Jewish Century, which won the National Jewish Book Award.

Amor Towles' first novel, Rules of Civility, published in 2011, was a New York Times bestseller and was named by The Wall Street Journal as one of the best books of 2011. His second novel, A Gentleman in Moscow, published in 2016, was also a New York Times bestseller.

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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.