New York Times ethics columnist to speak

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New York Times ethics columnist to speak

New York Times Columnist Randy Cohen, whose column “The Ethicist: is syndicated in 38 papers across the US and Canada as “Everyday Ethics,” will be featured on Tuesday, Jan. 30, as part of the University Lecture Series at Fresno State.

Cohen will discuss if it is ethical to download music from the Web, to ignore your school’s honor code and to hand in the same paper for two different classes at 7:30 p.m. in the Satellite Student Union, 2485 E. San Ramon Ave.

His first professional work was writing humor pieces, essays and stories for newspapers and magazines, including “The New Yorker,” “Harpers,” “The Atlantic” and “Young Love” comics. His first television work was writing for “Late Night with David Letterman,” which he won three Emmy awards for. His fourth Emmy was for his work on Michael Moore’s “TV Nation.” He received a fifth Emmy as a result of a clerical error and he kept it.

Cohen will address the approach he takes and he will discuss those taken by other people while sorting through the ethical quandaries of ordinary experience. He will also recount his unlikely history as an ethicist and will make a case that his background as a writer for David Letterman was excellent training for his current occupation.

Tickets are available at the University Student Union Information Center. Advanced tickets are $10, general admission; $6 Fresno State faculty/staff, Alumni Association members and seniors; and $2 Fresno State and University High School students. Prices on the day of the event increase by $2 for general admission, faculty, staff and Alumni Association members.

For more information, contact the University Lecture Series office at 559.278.2431.

(Copy by University Communications student-intern Megan Jacobsen.)

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