Cooper 2040: How college became what it is now, (and who will shape its future)

Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 12:30 - 2pm

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Policymakers Anne Marcus and Deva Woodly examine trends and values in American higher education since its beginnings. Adriana Farmiga, Associate Dean and Adjunct Professor in the School of Art, and Kit Nicholls, Director of the Center for Writing, co-moderate the discussion.

The event is open to current students, faculty, and staff.

Anne Marcus is Professor of Higher Education and Director of the Steinhardt Institute of Higher Education Policy at NYU. Her interests include international and comparative policy, leadership studies, organizational culture and a wide range of issues focused on access and quality in the U.S. and abroad.

Deva Woodly is an Associate Professor of Politics at The New School. Her research focuses on the impact of civic discourse on democratic practice, especially from the point of view of ordinary citizens, political advocates, and social movements.

Located in the Frederick P. Rose Auditorium, at 41 Cooper Square (on Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets)

  • 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.