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Panel Discussion | Dissent Under Surveillance

Friday, November 7, 2014, 6 - 6pm

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Demonstrators storm the DDR Stasi headquarters in Berlin, Germany, January 15, 1990

Demonstrators storm the DDR Stasi headquarters in Berlin, Germany, January 15, 1990

A discussion on state secrets with Heidi Boghosian (author of Spying on Democracy, 2013); Kevin Gosztola (journalist acclaimed for his coverage of the Chelsea Manning trial); Lisa Lynch (scholar and co-founder of the Guantanamobile Project); Ryan Shapiro (FOIA scholar whose research has been dubbed “a threat to national security” by the FBI); and Carey Shenkman (First Amendment and human-rights attorney). 

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.