Cooper Union x Climate Week 2020

Fri, Sep 18, 9pm - Wed, Sep 30, 2020 7:30pm

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The organizers of Cooper Climate Week were one of 24 Cooper Union grant recipients.

The organizers of Cooper Climate Week were one of 24 Cooper Union grant recipients.

Cooper Union x Climate Week 2020 is a series of free, lectures and events addressing our shared future through the lens of global Green New Deals, environmental racism, and community action. We aim to promote curiosity, interdisciplinary dialogue, and sustained engagement with the climate crisis. 

Friday, September 18, 9:00 pm 

Student Body Radio x Cooper Union Climate Week Fundraiser 

A Climate Coalition and Student Body Radio virtual party and fundraiser with a musical theme of climate and apocalypse. This event will have a donation link to Indigenous Environmental Network and Deep South Center for Environmental Justice

Open to the public (Donation Suggested)

Sunday, September 20, 11:00 am Hike

Peekskill Hike and Brewery

A socially distant hike at Peekskill State Park to discuss the current climate movement and Cooper Climate’s plan moving forward. Afterwards, a stop over at the Brewery for our 21+ participants, non-alcoholic beers sold too!

Proper shoes and mask required. Water, snacks, and weather-appropriate attire recommended. Please meet at the Peekskill Metro North train station.

Open to the Cooper Community


Monday, September 21, 6:00 pm

Carbon Fictions

Rania Ghosn and Elisa Iturbe

Elisa Iturbe, a critic at the Yale School of Architecture and Adjunct Assistant Professor at The Cooper Union, will be in conversation with Rania Ghosn, a founding partner of Design Earth and Associate Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology School of Architecture + Planning. They will explore the role of representation and speculative futures in architecture’s relationship to the climate crisis.

Open to the public


Tuesday, September 22, 7:00 pm

Shadow on the Land

Nicholas Galanin

A Tlingit/Unangax̂/multi-disciplinary artist, Nicholas Galanin's work engages contemporary culture from his perspective rooted in connection to land. The talks is part of the Fall 2020 Intra-Disciplinary Seminar Public Lecture Series.

Registration required.

Wednesday, September 23, 6:00 pm 

Future Harvests

Pamela Ronald and Raoul Adamchak

Moderated by: Emma Marris

Pamela Ronald, a plant pathologist and geneticist, will be in conversation with Raoul Adamchak, author, organic farmer, and former manager at the University of California at Davis student farm. This conversation will be moderated by science writer, Emma Marris. Through the lens of climate mitigation, this talk will explore the science behind genetic modification of plants, new techniques in organic farming, and how these new technologies will have to be applied in the coming decades.

Open to the public.


Thursday, September 24, 12:15 pm  

Global Green New Deals

Mary Robinson and Rhiana Gunn-Wright

Moderated by: Osita Nwanevu

The first female President of Ireland, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and Chair of The Elders Mary Robinson will be in conversation with climate policy-maker and Green New Deal collaborator Rhianna Gunn-Wright. This conversation will be moderated by climate and politics journalist, Osita Nwavenu. They will discuss the future of international climate policy in the wake of ever-accelerating ecological timelines. 

This program is presented in collaboration between Cooper Union x Climate Week and Pioneer Works.

Open to the public


Thursday, September 24, 5:00 pm 

ReadingRace & Climate Reading Group 

Launched in the Spring of 2020, the Race and Climate Reading Group hosts discussions that center issues of race and social justice and how they intersect with the climate crisis. As a group, we read about the intersection of race and climate across multiple genres and privilege the work of writers and thinkers of color. For our first meeting of the fall semester, we will be reading Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet. Additional details will be announced soon, all are welcome to join!

Friday, September 25, 8:00 pm  

Virtual Film Screening: Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

From the devastated Great Barrier Reef in Australia, to the concrete seawalls that cover 60 percent of mainland China's coast, to the biggest terrestrial machines ever built in Germany, to psychedelic potash mines in Russia's Ural Mountains, to surreal lithium evaporation ponds in the Atacama Desert, the crew of Anthropocene travels to six continents and twenty different countries to capture stunning images chronicling the catastrophic path travelled by our species over the last century.

Register here.

Open to the Cooper Community

Sunday, September 27, 11:00 am  Bike

Bike Tour of Manhattan & Brooklyn

Meet at Cooper Square for an all-levels bike tour of structures, back alleys, and parks in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Bike and mask required. Water, snacks, and weather-appropriate attire recommended.

Open to the Cooper Community


Monday, September 28, 6:00 pm 

Science for Liberation 

Omar Gowayed and Kendra Krueger

Omar Gowayed, activist, Ph.D. candidate in materials chemistry at New York University Tandon School of Engineering and co-chair of March for Science NYC, will be in conversation with Kendra Krueger, the founder of 4Love and Science and The Community Sensor Lab at City University of New York's Advanced Science Research Center. They will discuss their experiences as science activists and how the four zones of liberation ie ideological, institutional, interpersonal and internal, can be different entry points for using science and engineering as a tool for climate and social justice.

Open to the public


Tuesday, September 29, 6:00 pm

Ways of Seeing Green

Michael Wang, Nick Lutsko, and Gillian Shaffer 

Michael Wang, an artist exploring ecologies and economies, will be in dialogue with Nick Lutsko, a climate scientist working on climate change and the large-scale dynamics on Earth's atmosphere. They will be joined by Gillian Shaffer, an architect investigating the impacts of new technologies on cities and visual media. Together, they will discuss how the intersection of their professional practices in tandem with other disciplines will be crucial in rendering a livable and just future.

Open to the public


Wednesday, September 30, 12:15 pm

veroír // Seehear the Unseen

Cecilia Vicuña and Suzanne Dhaliwal

Poet, filmmaker, and artist Cecilia Vicuña will be in conversation with activist and artist Suzanne Dhaliwal, during an afternoon program that will take place as part of Cooper Union Climate Coalition's weeklong symposium. The duo will utilize their respective experiences in artmaking and political campaigning to frame ecological disaster and decolonization, in order to examine Indigeneity as it relates to activism, climate humanitarianism and creative practices. Along the way, the conversation will draw relations between institutional, archival and ecological memories, as well as disparate knowledge systems and ecosystems, in order to present their interdisciplinary visions for the vital next steps towards taking care of our collective world.

This program is presented in collaboration between Cooper Union x Climate Week and Pioneer Works.

Open to the public



  • 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.