Focused on the Future of Learning

Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 12 - 12pm

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Imagining a Cooper Education in 2040

A free, public conversation by an academic panel focused on questions like: How are the worlds of higher education, learning theory, and technology evolving, and how should a school like The Cooper Union position itself and its students for success in a globally connected world 20 years from now? Are aspects of a formal education in architecture, art, engineering, and the humanities timeless? A presentation and panel discussion with national education experts and esteemed Cooper faculty and alumni will explore the future of learning in higher education and the implications for The Cooper Union.

This event is part of a week-long series of events celebrating the inauguration of Laura Sparks. 

Note: All classes scheduled during this time are cancelled.


Rayane Alamuddin, Senior Researcher, Ithaka S+R

Loni M. Bordoloi Pazich, Program Director, The Teagle Foundation

George Delagrammatikas, Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Program director, Stem Outreach, Albert Nerken School of Engineering, The Cooper Union

Adriana Farmiga A’96, Assistant Dean and Adjunct Professor, School of Art, The Cooper Union

David Gersten AR’91, Professor of Architecture, The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, The Cooper Union; Founding Director, Arts, Letters and Numbers 

Atina Grossmann, Professor of History, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, The Cooper Union

Eli Kuslansky A’73, Founding Partner and Chief Strategist, Unified Field

Christian Madsbjerg, Director, ReD Associates; author of Sensemaking: The Power of the Humanities in the Age of the Algorithm

Kit Nicholls, Director, The Center for Writing, The Cooper Union

Moderated by

Peter Buckley, Acting Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, The Cooper Union

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.