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Person Place Thing with Randy Cohen & FDNY Commissioner Laura Kavanagh

Feb 22 | Wed |
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The NYC Department of Records & Information Services will welcome the 34th Fire Department of New York (FDNY) Commissioner, Laura Kavanagh, for a live recording of Person Place Thing with Emmy Award winner Randy Cohen.

Person Place Thing is an interview show based on the idea that people are especially engaging when they speak, not directly about themselves, but about something they care about. Guests talk about one person, one place, and one thing with particular meaning to them. The result: surprising stories from great talkers.

Join us either virtually (via Zoom) or in person (for a limited number of guests).

Note: if you are interested in attending this event in person at 31 Chambers Street, NYC 10007, please select the “In-Person Attendance” ticket option when RSVP-ing for this event. If you require an auxiliary aid or service in order to attend a DORIS event, please contact our Disability Service Facilitator.Masks are required for all in-person attendees.


Randy Cohen is a writer, radio host and humorist known as the author of The Ethicist column in The New York Times Magazine. He also writes humor pieces, essays and stories for publications and newspapers worldwide.

Commissioner Laura Kavanagh, who first joined the FDNY as Director of External Affairs in 2014, is credited with key FDNY initiatives, including increasing the department’s number of women graduates. An alumnus of the Executive Leaders Program at the Naval Post Graduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security and the Stanford Graduate School of Business Summer Institute, she has a BA from Whittier College and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Music will be provided by:

Rashad Brown

Venue: NYC Department of Records and Information Services (DORIS)

31 Chambers Street Map