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New York City and post-Sandy Infrastructure

Monday, November 12, 2012, 12 - 2pm

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Photo: Gearoid Dolan

Photo: Gearoid Dolan

The storm came, bringing destruction and massive strain to the city’s social fabric. What have we learned in Sandy’s wake? How can our environmental history help us understand the social and political consequences of the storm? Can the experience of Sandy help us think about New York’s possible futures?

Devastation, planning, and the fate of cities. Join fellow members of the Cooper community in the Great Hall for ideas and discussion. 

Participants will include:

  • Professor Albert Appleton, Architecture/HSS, former Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection
  • Dean Steve Baker
  • Professor Kevin Bone, Director of the Institute of Sustainable Design
  • Professor Peter Buckley, historian HSS
  • Jody Grapes, Director of Facilities Management
  • Professor Atina Grossmann, historian HSS (moderator)

This teach-in is open to the public.

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.