Upcoming Events

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    Millman event

    Why Design Matters

    Debbie Millman is joined by Maira and Alex Kalman for a discussion that considers "How do you create a life with purpose and meaning?" 

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    Midnight in Washington

    Midnight in Washington

    Adam Schiff, a U.S. Representative of California, will be in conversation with author, podcaster, and former federal prosecutor Preet Bharara. In person. Open to the public

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Women of Color on Broadway

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Words on the Great Hall

What it means to be part of a historic forum for national and local conversations

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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.