Frances Bronet: Person Place Thing with Randy Cohen

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Person Place Thing is an interview show hosted by Randy Cohen based on the idea that people are particularly engaging when they speak, not directly about themselves, but about something they care about.

Cohen’s guests talk about one person, one place, and one thing that are important to them. The result: surprising stories from great speakers. This installment of Person Place Thing will be a conversation with Frances Bronet, President of the Pratt Institute. 

This event will be recorded for broadcast on Northeast Public Radio. For more information and to hear past episodes, visit

Frances Bronet, President, Pratt Institute
Randy Cohen, Host, Person Place Thing

Frances Bronet is the 12th president of Pratt Institute, one of the world’s most renowned art and design colleges. A noted academic and thought leader on the pedagogical and social challenges facing art and design education, Bronet has worked at McGill University, RPI, University of Oregon and Illinois Institute of Technology, moving from faculty to leadership. She was licensed as an architect in Quebec, where she worked with award-winning practices. She is a past president of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), and, as a selected Distinguished Professor, served as a chancellor for the ACSA College of Distinguished Professors. She is the co-founder of the ACSA Women’s Leadership Council. Ms. Bronet was twice named one of the most admired educators by DesignIntelligence. Her work on interdisciplinary practice has been published internationally as well as funded by the NSF, NEA, NEH and multiple other agencies. Her honors include being named the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching New York Professor of the Year and receiving the William H. Wiley Distinguished Professor Award for excellence in teaching, research, service, and contributions to the university and the community.

Randy Cohen’s first professional work was writing humor pieces, essays, and stories for newspapers and magazines (The New Yorker, Harpers, The Atlantic, Young Love Comics). His first television work was writing for “Late Night With David Letterman,” for which he won three Emmy awards. 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. For twelve years he wrote “The Ethicist,” a weekly column for The New York Times Magazine. His most recent book, Be Good: How to Navigate the Ethics of Everything, was published by Chronicle. 


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