To Science and Art

Engraved on the outer ledges of Cooper Union’s Foundation building is a beautiful dedication: “To Science and Art.”

My writing on the history and fate of a beloved NYC Institution, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art has been published on n+1 and  West View News.

This page will contain additional posts on the cultural and historic significance of  The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, the “far sighted benevolence” of Peter Cooper, reflections on education and equity, and updates on the work Friends of Cooper Union is doing to keep this institution brilliant, vibrant and free.


  1. It’s a gift to get a personal perspective on this issue I’ve read & heard about from a distance. Your point that the tuition intended to save Cooper Union could kill it is well taken. You and the Friends of CU have me wondering — What does [should?] the future of free higher education look like?Thanks!

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