Structures of Consumption

Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 2 - 3:30pm

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As part of Cooper Union x Climate Week 2021, art historian and environmental humanities scholar Sria Chatterjee will be in conversation with Sociology scholar Nandita Sharma, and conceptual artist and food-access activist Gaye Chan of Eating In Public. The conversation, moderated by curator and writer Radhika Subramaniam, will be discussing the throughline of movement and mobility in postcolonial visual culture as it develops alongside the climate-changed future. 

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Cooper Union x Climate Week 2021 is a series of lectures and events that aim to engage our community in assessing the role of the climate crisis in our day-to-day lives. This year, we'll focus on the themes of reconstruction and deconstruction as we imagine all of the work ahead of us. The Cooper Climate Coalition aims to promote curiosity, interdisciplinary dialogue, and sustained engagement with the climate crisis.  

  • 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.