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Saturday, June 17, 2006

Cooper Union

Cooper Union is an institution that has been important in American history -- Abraham Lincoln spoke and debated here many times and they often hold political debates and discussions in the great Hall of the building nowadays too, along with concerts and other cultural services to the city. The beginnings of the labor union movement and women's right to vote also found their forum here. It was founded by a philanthropist during the Civil War era. It is a fixture of the downtown Astor Place area, the students who attend flavor the surrounding area of the East Village. As a college it is very unique - it is completely tuition free to all the students; however they must pass its very rigorous admissions process. There are only three areas of study: art, architecture and engineering. The brooding dark brown Victorian building exerts an influence all around it, politically, aesthetically and socially. Article ...

8 comments:

Sam said...

That is SO cool!
Very interesting building!
I love your new background too -

Andrea said...

It's been a while since my last visit...some great pictures and thanks for all the history...I also love the new background...very New York...
have a great weekend..

Mark said...

Thanks guys for the offer but it was such a long time ago, I was only 9 or 10. I do remember they had an indoor pool, thats about it.Sounds like the next DP meeting will be in NY, I'm sure we will get lots of photos:)

Brian said...

Mark, see this link to a NYT article on the Ys in NY that take guests, I suspect you were at the McBurney Y, maybe this will jog your memory. Yes, hoping that Sam and Jenny will be able to meet with us soon, will definitely take photos..
L

Brian said...

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=990CE6D61E3CF933A25754C0A962958260&sec=travel&pagewanted=2
Oops, forgot to paste the article Mark, here it is...

Lisi said...

this building reminds me of a scene in the movie "the age of innocence"...very classic...

Emmanuel.K.Bensah II said...

hi, this is my first time on your blog, and would like to add with malice toward none;-)) Saw your passed by my blog--and I guess you probably didn't appreciate my comment about beating your country;-) I hope you take it in good faith that it really is only a game, and ther's always next time if either of us fail to qualify for he second round...

Just a quick question: wonder why for a place where the sixteenth president of the USA spoke, and who, might I add, excelled in oratory and public speaking--what with Gettysburg anad whatnot--they only offer three courses? Not even politics or communication. Why those three subjects only?

cheers, nice blog!

Brian said...

This is explained in the wikipedia article - the founder, Peter Cooper, was an inventor so the school became a college primarily of applied sciences - engineering and architecture are what they are best known for. The school does have a history of providing a space for historic speeches and lectures. But these apparently have been unrelated to the curricula.
Brian