2022-2023 Intersectional Justice Lectures

As part of the Fall 2020 new student orientation, the Office of Student Affairs and Associate Dean of HSS Nada Ayad co-organized an on-going lecture series around the theme of intersectional justice. Open to the whole Cooper community, and taking place once a month, each lecture features a scholar from across disciplines – the humanities, the arts, and the sciences – showcasing their work, and its engagement with issues of justice.

In the spirit of The Cooper Union mission, the Black Student Union, the Cooper Climate Coalition, along with several other Cooper students and faculty, were deeply involved in the articulation of the program as well as in contributing to the reading list and suggesting speakers. 







Black and Female





2020-2021 Lectures 

2021-2022 Lectures

  • 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.