New Books by Humanities Faculty Members

POSTED ON: October 4, 2011

The 2010-2011 academic year has been an extraordinarily productive year for Cooper Union's Faculty of Humanities and Sciences. The following list showcases some of the books produced in that time, in which Cooper Union faculty have had a significant or central role.

Philip Guston: Roma
Dore Ashton, coauthor
Publised by Hatje Cantz, Germany

Łagodny Deszcz (Gentle Rain)
Marek Bartelik
Fundacja Twarda Sztuka, Poland

French Sculpture following the Franco-Prussian War
Michael Dorsch

An Army of Phantoms: American Movies and the Making of the Cold War
Jim Hoberman
The New Press

Age of Greed: the Triumph of Finance and the Decline of America, 1970 to the Present
Jeff Madrick

Euripides and the Language of Craft
Mary Stieber

American Orient: Imagining the East from the Colonial Era to the Twentieth Century
David Weir
University of Massachusetts Press

Born in the Blood: On Native American Tradition
Brian Swann, editor
University of Nebraska Press


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  • 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.