Ethicist Columnist for The New York Times to Give 2008 Commencement Address
Writer and humorist Randy Cohen, best known for his weekly “The Ethicist” column in The New York Times magazine, will deliver the address at the 144th Vassar College commencement exercises on Sunday, May 25, 2008, at 10:00 a.m., at the college’s outdoor amphitheater.
Cohen’s column is widely syndicated as “Everyday Ethics” to newspapers across the U.S. and Canada, and he is also the ethics columnist for the Times of London, as well as a regular contributor on ethical questions to the weekend edition of the National Public Radio program All Things Considered. A versatile writer who has authored collections of short stories (Diary of a Flying Man) and letters (Modest Proposals), as well as a book based on his New York Times column (The Good, the Bad and the Difference), Cohen won three Emmy awards for his writing on Late Night with David Letterman and a fourth for the program TV Nation. President Hill said, “Randy Cohen has significantly raised awareness and sensitivity regarding issues of ethics in everyday life, and he is a creative and entertaining writer. He will add to both the sense of responsibility and celebration that are very much a part of the commencement atmosphere.”
You can watch and listen to a live webcast of Cohen’s address, and all of the day’s activities, beginning at 10:00 a.m., Sunday, May 25.