Interdisciplinary Lecture Series: Paul Beatriz Preciado

Monday, April 20, 2015 6:30 - 8:00pm

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Paul B. Preciado. Photo courtesy of Feminist Press

Paul B. Preciado. Photo courtesy of Feminist Press

Paul B. Preciado, a philosopher, queer activist and leading thinker in the study of gender and sexual politics delivers a free, public lecture titled, "THE SOMATOPOLITICAL REVOLUTION TO COME," as part of the Interdisciplinary Lecture series.

Paul B. Preciado is Head of Research, and Director of the Independent Studies Program (PEI) at MACBA (Barcelona), and Visiting Professor at New York University and Princeton University. He is author of Contra-Sexual Manifesto (acclaimed as “the red book of queer theory”), Testo Junkie: Sex, Drugs and Biopolitics, and Pornotopia: Architecture and Sexuality in Playboy During the Cold War.

This spring The Cooper Union School of Art presents a series of lectures reflecting a broad range of contemporary art issues. Speakers include artists, writers, and thinkers currently engaged in a variety of practices. The emphasis is on interdisciplinary approaches, presenting new voices, international perspectives and scholarship across multiple fields. The series constitutes a lively forum for the exchange of ideas between practitioners, students, faculty and the public.

The Spring 2015 IDL series is part of the Robert Lehman Visiting Artist Program.

We are grateful for major funding support from the Robert Lehman Foundation.

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.