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Free Event: What’s in the Water?

Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 7 - 9pm

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The issue of “fracking” is all over the news. But what is fracking? Who wants to do it? And how could stuff in rocks upstate affect people who live in East Coast cities?

The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) is excited to announce the debut of What's in the Water?, a poster that uses illustration and infographics to break down the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) process and shows how it could impact the food and water supplies of New York City.

CUP worked with Damascus Citizens for Sustainability and the design studio Papercut to create the fold-out poster (which was also posted in over 200 subway locations) that explain this contentious extraction process. On the 13th, CUP will be joined in conversation by Al Appleton, a Senior Fellow at the Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design, and Barry Estabrook, a James Beard Award-winning writer on issues of food safety and justice, for a conversation that will focus on the risks hydraulic fracturing poses to the food, health, and drinking water of New York City residents.

Attendees will also receive a free copy of the What's in the Water? poster.

This event is free and open to the public

RSVP here by Monday, February 11, at 5 pm



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.