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The Road to Free: Ivory Tower Five Years Later

Friday, December 8, 2017, 6:30 - 10pm

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The Cooper Union Archive and Exhibition Club is hosting a free and public screening of the documentary Ivory Tower. The event will feature a Q&A with the documentary's director Andrew Rossi and Mauricio Higuera A'13, an alumni that contributed to the documentary as a student. In addition to Ivory Tower, the screening will include trailers for Sanctuary by Mauricio Higuera and the Foundation Building model made by David Gersten's 2015 first-year studio. The event coincides with the 5th anniversary of the student-led occupation of the Peter Cooper Suite and provides an opportunity for members of the community to reflect about Cooper Union’s institutional history and the path back to a full tuition scholarship. Food and refreshment and an opportunity to meet a variety of student clubs will be available following the screening.

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.