New Directions 75th Anniversary Reading

Thursday, October 27, 2011 7:00 - 9:00pm

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New Directions is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. A special reading in the historic Great Hall at Cooper Union in New York launches a month-long anniversary celebration. Organized in conjunction with the Poetry Society of America, the event will be free. Reading at the event are:

Anne Carson (with Robert Currie & Merce Cunningham dancer Rashaun Mitchell) 
Nicole Krauss
Lou Reed
Francisco Goldman
Carroll Baker
Helen DeWitt
Frederic Tuten
Paul Auster & Siri Hustvedt (via video feed)
Muriel Spark (also on video)
Francine Prose
and others

More info to come.

Thursday, October 27, 7pm
The Great Hall at Cooper Union
7 East 7th Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues
New York, NY

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.