Educating Students to Lead in a Global Context

Monday, October 17, 2011, 1 - 3pm

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The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art Presents

Educating Students To Lead In A Global Context

A Pre-Inaugural Colloquium Featuring Fareed Zakaria
CNN Host, Fareed Zakaria GPS, Editor-at-Large, Time Magazine
Free and open to the public

In an increasing global society, how do we build a foundation to sustain freedom and preserve democratic values? What are the challenges and opportunities of educating citizens and future leaders to take their place in the world community? An impressive panel of thought leaders will examine the role of education in this country at a Pre-Inaugural Colloquium marking the installation of Cooper Union's 12th President, Dr. Jamshed Bharucha, with keynote speaker Fareed Zakaria of CNN, TIME and The Washington Post on Monday, October 17 at 1 p.m. in The Great Hall.  Moderated by Vikas Kapoor, President and CEO, iQor and Trustee, The Cooper Union, the discussion will also feature Vali Nasr, Professor of International Politics, Tufts University, and Atina Grossmann, Professor of History, The Cooper Union.

The academic exercise creates a timely arena, where the noted scholars and thinkers engage in an important and critically relevant exchange of ideas for change that can work and be implemented. Fareed Zakaria will join the panel on the global issues at hand and will stimulate a discussion drawing on the underlying theme to provide an interdisciplinary education as a foundation for maintaining democracy and freedom.

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Monday, October 17 at 1 p.m.
The Great Hall
7 East 7th Street

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.