Orientation - Summer Reading Program

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New students, 

As part of Orientation, in collaboration with Assistant Dean Nada Ayad from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Black Student Union, the Cooper Climate Coalition, and various faculty members, we will be launching a semester-long discussion engagement  centered on theme of intersectional justice. 

This program will begin during Orientation in the form of a 90 minute reading and small group instructor-led discussion groups that will take place during the week of August 24th. 

In addition to the Orientation discussion groups, we will also be providing a monthly webinar featuring a guest lecturer engaging with us on a theme related to intersectional justice. These webinars will be open to the entire campus community. More information about these monthly events will be sent to the whole community in September. 

In the meantime, please be on the lookout for communications from your small group instructor. They will be in touch with you soon to plan for the workshop during the week of August 24th. Your instructor will provide you with your readings. (Don't worry - these will be short, but powerful!) 

  • 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.