Dean’s Book Club Tours the Cooper Hewitt Museum
POSTED ON: December 12, 2019
For Academic Year 2019-2020, Engineering Dean Barry Shoop instituted a Dean’s Book Club to build community amongst our Cooper Union faculty and students. The book club serves as an interdisciplinary element in the School of Engineering’s Strategic Plan and the book chosen was Walter Isaacson’s Leonardo Da Vinci.
Twenty students and eight faculty members committed to participate in this year’s book club and at the first meeting held in November, Dean Shoop provided a short overview of Leonardo Da Vinci through the lens of innovation - and the importance of diversity and working at the intersection of disciplines.
Today, students and faculty from the School of Engineering - accompanied by faculty and staff from the school of Architecture, Art, Humanities and Social Science, and Student Services - tour the Cooper Hewitt Museum. Cooper Union Trustee, Kevin Slavin, served as a guide on the tour.
The exhibit they viewed was “Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.” It features over sixty projects that demonstrate how designers collaborate with scientists, engineers, environmentalists, academics and other stakeholders to find inventive and promising solutions to the environmental and social challenges confronting humanity today – which is a very reminiscent of exhibits on Leonardo Da Vinci who was a painter, architect, inventor, engineer and was considered one of the most diversely talented individuals ever to have lived.
View more photos of the tour on our Engineering Facebook here.