Cooper Union x Climate Week: Climate, Labor, and Policy

Monday, September 19, 2022, 6:30 - 8pm

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Climate Week 2022

Cooper Climate Coalition and The New Republic present a discussion on the climate crisis in recognition of Climate Week NYC. Join The New Republic contributing writer Liza Featherstone as she moderates a discussion with New York State Assemblymember Zohran Kwame Mamdani and Dr. Genevieve Guenther on climate justice, policy, labor, and more.

Attendees are required to show proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination and booster and must wear a CDC-recommended mask (disposable surgical, KN95, KF94, or N95) while indoors.

Liza Featherstone is a columnist for The New Republic’s online vertical, “Apocalypse Soon,” and an adjunct professor of journalism at New York University. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Ms., and Rolling Stone among many other outlets. She has also authored several books including Selling Women Short: The Landmark Battle for Workers’ Rights at Wal-Mart and Divining Desire: Focus Groups and the Culture of Consultation, among other books.

An expert in climate communication and fossil-fuel disinformation, Dr. Genevieve Guenther is the founding director of End Climate Silence and affiliate faculty at The New School, where she sits on the board of the Tishman Environment and Design Center. Dr. Guenther advises activist groups, corporations, and policymakers, and she serves as an Expert Reviewer for the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

New York State Assemblymember Zohran Kwame Mamdani represents the 36th Assembly District and its neighborhoods of Astoria, Ditmars-Steinway, and Astoria Heights. As Assemblymember, he fights every day for a future where each and every New Yorker lives a dignified life where housing, energy, and justice are for the many, not just the few. He is proud to be the first South Asian man to serve in the NYS Assembly as well as the first Ugandan and only the third Muslim to ever be a member of the body.

The Cooper Climate Coalition, an open body of students, faculty, and staff at The Cooper Union, facilitates conversations, events, and student projects within the institution that center the Climate Crisis and its intersections with races, classes, genders, sexualities, histories, economies, political structures and more.

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.