Great Evenings in the Great Hall at Cooper Union
Date: Tuesday, May 19th
Location: The Cooper Union,The Great Hall (7 E 7th St at 3rd Ave)
Great Evenings in The Great Hall presents “Electoral Politics”—an exciting multi-media event and a rare opportunity for the public to see notable New Yorkers such as author, journalist and political pundit Fred Siegel, CUNY professor Frances Fox Piven along with other well-known actors and writers reenact the powerful words delivered by pioneering politicians on the historic Great Hall stage. A musical performance is also part of the program, which concludes with a montage that includes footage of President Obama’s address, then a Senator of Illinois, from Cooper Union’s Great Hall.
For 150 years, thousands have come to Cooper Union’s Great Hall to protest or promote political change in New York City and across the nation: from Theodore Roosevelt and Fiorello LaGuardia to, more recently, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Reliving some of those momentous times in American politics, Great Evenings in The Great Hall presents “Electoral Politics”—an exciting multi-media event and rare opportunity for the public to see notable New Yorkers such as author, journalist and political pundit Fred Siegel, CUNY professor Frances Fox Piven and other well-known actors and writers reenact portions of these pioneering Great Hall speeches (Tuesday, May 19th at 6:30 PM, Great Hall at The Cooper Union, 7 East 7th Street b/w 3rd and 4th Aves.). Whether it is the overthrow of Boss Tweed and the notorious Tammany Hall Gang—or listening to Liz Abzug, daughter of Bella Abzug—a pioneering feminist who mobilized women into American politics, the Great Hall has and continues to be a catalyst for change and can be experienced live in "Electoral Politics." A musical performance and a montage of Great Hall political figures will be integrated throughout the evening’s festivities, concluding with footage of President Obama—then a Senator from Illinois—marking his presidential run for the White House with an illuminating speech in the Great Hall.
Since 1859, the Great Hall has been a preeminent stage for pioneering individuals whose views reshaped society. Each of the eight programs in the “Great Evenings in the Great Hall” year long series will focus on one area of protest, reform, or education to be reenacted by notable New York actors, writers and historians