Cooper Union X Climate Week 2019

Tue, Sep 17, 6:30pm - Thu, Sep 26, 2019 8pm

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The Cooper Union hosts a series of public events curated by students and faculty to coincide with Climate Week NYC

Tuesday September 17th

Naomi Klein on the Green New Deal: A Conversation with Varshini Prakash (Founder of the Sunrise Movement)

Join renowned author Naomi Klein at the Great Hall for a free, public discussion of her latest book, On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal. Klein will be joined by Varshini Prakash, the Executive Director and co-founder of the Sunrise Movement.

Open to the public.

6:30 – 8:00 pm

The Great Hall Foundation Building (7 E 7th Street), The Cooper Union

Thursday September 19th

Youth Climate Activist Discussion: A Roundtable with Leaders from the NYC Climate Movement

A roundtable with testimonials from youth Climate leaders from Fridays for Future, Earth Uprising, Zero Hour, XR Youth, and Sunrise. After the roundtable, there will be a poster-making session for the strike the following day. Register.

6:00 – 9:00 pm

Open to the public.

Rose Auditorium — 41 Cooper Square, The Cooper Union

Friday September 20th

Meet Up for Students Attending Global Climate Strike

In front of Foundation Building (7 E 7th Street), The Cooper Union

10:30 – 11:30 am

Breakfast and meetup for students attending the Global Climate Strike that will be starting at Foley Square at 12pm. No RSVP required.

Monday September 23rd

Meatless Monday

Frankie’s Cafeteria

All Day

Frankie’s Café is going Meatless for the Monday of Climate Week.

The Inescapable Climate Revolution: Are We Finally There

Bill McKibben, the founder of, and marine biologist Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson discuss the current climate movement.

6:30 – 8:00 pm

Open to the public.

Great Hall — Foundation Building (7 E 7th Street), The Cooper Union

Tuesday September 24th

Exhibition Opening

Exhibition will be open from September 24th-29th in Cooper Union’s Foundation Building and will showcase student work from the art, architecture, and engineering schools that grapples with ways of fixing and coping with the current Climate Crisis. No RSVP required.

6:00 – 8:00 pm

Open to the public.

6th Floor Lobby — Foundation Building (7 E 7th Street), The Cooper Union

Youth Activist Meeting

Room 712 — Foundation Building (7 E 7th Street), The Cooper Union

6:30 – 8:30 pm

The final meeting of Fridays for Future NYC’s Youth Activist Training Program will be hosted and open to the public. The topic of the workshop will be how to move forward following the September 20th Global Climate Strike.

Wednesday September 25th

Because it’s 68 Degrees in December: A Night with Fia Backstrom and Gabriela Salazar

In this conversation artists Fia Backstrom and Gabriela Salazar will address why the Climate Crisis, a now unavoidable topic, presides in their practice.

7:00 – 8:30 pm

Open to the public.

Rose Auditorium — 41 Cooper Square, The Cooper Union

Thursday September 26th

Teaching in a Warmer World: Faculty Meet-up

A meet-up for post-secondary faculty to discuss pedagogy, curricular reform and institutional change in the era of climate change. Email Kit Nichols or Amanda Simson for more information.

6:00 – 8:00 pm

Alumni Roof Terrace — 41 Cooper Square, The Cooper Union


  • 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.