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'How to Be Good in the Real World'
From marital infidelity to "seat hopping" at a baseball game, Randy Cohen has grappled with all sorts of moral dilemmas as the original writer of "The Ethicist" column for The New York Times Magazine. Cohen will bring his humorous insights on morality to the Gratz College Jeffrey B. Plevan annual event at Har Zion Temple in Penn Valley. This event is open to the public, and all are invited to attend.
A writer and humorist, Cohen began penning "The Ethicist" column in 1999. During his twelve-year tenure at The New York Times, he received letters from thousands of readers seeking all kinds of advice. His column became so popular that Cohen landed appearances on "Good Morning America" and "Anderson Cooper 360" to discuss the ethical issues of the day. For a time, he also responded to listeners' moral predicaments during a regular spot on National Public Radio (NPR).
Prior to "The Ethicist," Cohen also had a successful career in TV writing. While working on Late Night with David Letterman in the mid-80s, Cohen received three Emmy Awards, and was among the writers responsible for creating Letterman’s signature bit, the "Top Ten List." He also received a fourth Emmy as a writer for Michael Moore's TV Nation.
In addition, Cohen's writing credits include four books, as well as a play, The Punishing Blow, performed in 2010 at New York's Clurman Theater. Cohen is currently the host of his own public radio show, "Person Place Thing." On the show, he interviews accomplished guests in various fields about the people, places and things that make them tick.
At the Gratz College event, Cohen will discuss the lessons he has learned over the years, as well as the changes he has noticed in the moral landscape. He also promises a lively Q & A, where audience members can seek his advice on their own ethical issues, challenge any of his past conclusions, ask about his days on Late Night or inquire about any other aspect of what he calls his "curious career."
The admission price for the Jeffrey B. Plevan Annual Event is $54, with proceeds benefiting Gratz College.
Tickets can be purchased at the Gratz website at www.gratz.edu/2014Event.