James Hoberman

Gelb Professor in the Humanities

Jim Hoberman has taught cinema history at Cooper Union since 1990. He received his B.A. at the State University of New York (Binghamton) and his M.F.A. from Columbia University. Senior film critic for The Village Voice, he has published widely. His pieces have been collected in Vulgar Modernism and The Magic Hour; he is the author of Bridge of Light: Yiddish Film Between Two Worlds, The Red Atlantis: Communist Culture in the Absence of Communism and The Dream Life: Movies, Media, and the Myth of the Sixties. He also co-curated the recent exhibit "Entertaining America" at the Jewish Museum.

  • 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.