Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

30 Cooper Square
New York
NY 10003

Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

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Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art was established in 1859 and is one of the United States' oldest institutions of higher education. The school was founded by industrialist and philanthropist, Peter Cooper, who believed that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

Cooper made the school tuition-free for the working classes and was ahead of his time by opening the school to women and men.

The Cooper Union has a long history of notable speakers. Frederick Douglass, who escaped slavery at 21 years old, held a presentation at the Great Hall. He is best known for his autobiography the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.

Seven US presidents have spoken at the Union’s Great Hall.

30 Cooper Square
New York, NY 10003
(212) 353-4100


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