Upcoming Events & Exhibitions

  • House Divided

    House Divided is a free, public event bringing artists, writers and other members of the creative community to address the national political divisions

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    United Against Hate

    Performances, readings, and conversations with Patti Smith, Ani DiFranco, Andrew Solomon, Salman Rushdie, and others as part of the PEN World Voices Festival

  • May 2 Opening Receptions

    Senior presentations by Evan McGiffert, Irina Jasnowski Pascual, Mateo Nava and Anamika Singh, George Rayson

Now Arriving

How Cooper Union graduates in art, architecture and engineering contributed to the long-awaited Second Avenue Subway line

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Congressman John Lewis in the Great Hall

The U.S. Representative and Civil Rights leader appears as part of a series of three, free events that include "Making (H)Afrocentric" featuring Juliana Smith (May 12) and "Black Pulp!" featuring William Villalongo A’99, and Mark Thomas Gibson A’02 (May 13)

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A Chat with Laura Sparks

The 13th president talks about her background, how she came to The Cooper Union and her vision for its future

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Sacha Pfeiffer Will Deliver 2017 Commencement Address

A former member of The Boston Globe Spotlight Team which won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, she currently covers nonprofits, philanthropy and wealth for the Globe

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Preet Bharara Speaks in the Great Hall

Did you miss the sold-out John Jay Iselin Memorial Lecture by the former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York? Watch it now on Cooper Union's Youtube channel

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From Clay and Cans to Sun-dappled Pavilion

A team that includes Prof. Powell Draper and Max Dowd AR'16, has won the annual City of Dreams Pavilion Competition. It comes with an opportunity to construct a temporary installation on Governors Island during the Summer of 2017

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  • 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.