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Students want meaningful change to HSS curriculum and faculty

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.

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Grossmann on HSS Protest: ‘We need a different structure’

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.

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Photo by Wentao Zhang (ChE '19).

Are we there yet? The 2018 Peter Cooper Block Party

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.

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What you need to know to be student trustee

By Matthew Grattan (BSE ’19)

A student trustee is a full voting member of The Cooper Union’s Board of Trustees. So, that means you’ll attend quarterly Board meetings, sit on committees, participate in discussions, and vote on important Board decisions. What’s the Board of Trustees? The Board oversees the long-term plans of the school—things like yearly finances, fundraising, or Cooper’s plan back to free tuition. “If you’re interest is in big picture strategy,” writes Board of Trustees Chair Rachel L. Warren in a letter to prospective student trustee candidates, “[…] then Board service might be for you.”

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