Video: Educating Students to Lead in a Global Context

October 17, 2011

On October 17, 2011 in the Great Hall, Trustee Vikas Kapoor moderated a pre-inaugural colloquium titled Educating Students to Lead in a Global Context. The event began with a keynote by Fareed Zakaria, and developed into a lively conversation including Cooper Union professor Atina Grossmann and Tufts University Professor Vali Nasr. 

A video of the event is available below. 

  • 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.