By Matthew Grattan (BSE ’19)
Photo by Julius Freyra (CE ’21), courtesy of Humans of Cooper Union
The third course of the mandatory humanities and social sciences core curriculum is entitled HSS-3: The Making of Modern Society. “Once I remembered that, it was ridiculous for me to say that modern society as it exists today only exists because of Europe,” said Mahmoud Khair-Eldin (CE ‘21) over the phone one night last week.
By Brian Frost (EE ’19) and George Ho (BSE ’19)
According to Professor of History Atina Grossmann, she and Professor Ninad Pandit, a post-doctoral fellow in social science, “significantly changed” the HSS-3 curriculum to include readings with non-Western perspectives. The changes are ostensibly a reaction to the HSS petition in 2016, but it is unclear how these readings are incorporated into the classroom.
Separately, Professor Sam Keene, chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, emphasized that changing the HSS curricula is entirely up to the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences; the Task Force serves an advisory role only.
By Brian Frost (EE ‘19) and George Ho (BSE ‘19)
The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences talked about the purpose of its program in relation to the three schools
with President Sparks in 2017, according to Peter Buckley, Acting Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences. “It was not generally known by the students that the faculty had already requested a full program review from the president, which is going to be announced by the president shortly. [...] It dates back to 2017, when we went to the president to say ‘look, it’s about time the overall learning objectives of HSS were examined, and we’re willing to do it.’”
By Brian Frost (EE ’19)
On Nov. 1, The Pioneer interviewed Peter Buckley, Acting Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences about the ongoing protest against the department and its curricula.
By Brian Frost (EE ‘19), Matthew Grattan (BSE ‘19), and George Ho (BSE ‘19)
Students from the art, architecture, and engineering schools are protesting Monday against the core curriculum of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences before HSS-3 lecture, a course mandatory for all students.
By Sanjana Lahiri (Arch ’22)
In case you missed the performances, tie-dye shirts, and mildly disturbing Peter Cooper inflatables that took over Instagram last month, Sept. 22 marked the day of the fifth annual Peter Cooper Block Party. Organized by the Cooper Union Alumni Association alongside the spirited “Astor Alive!” Festival, the Block Party served as a way for the Cooper Union community to come together before the semester’s workload inevitably took over.
By Jenna Scott (CE ’21)
Joint Student Council met on Tuesday, Oct. 2 and discussed the following topics: