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6/15/20, 6pm - 7pm

*This event is occurring as a live webinar. Registrants will be emailed a link to access the program.*

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 Dr. Michael Marin, Surgeon-in-Chief of The Mount Sinai Medical Center, and Frances Halsband, FAIA, Founding Partner, Kliment Hasband Architect.

Ordinarily, this program takes place live, on-stage but for the duration of the current crisis, we’ll live-stream our conversations.

For more information and to hear past episodes, visit

Dr. Michael Marin, Surgeon-in-Chief, The Mount Sinai Medical Center
Frances Halsband, FAIA, Founding Partner, Kliment Hasband Architect
Randy Cohen, Host, Person Place Thing 

Dr. Michael Marin has long been interested in problems with the distribution of surgical care around the world, and particularly in remote communities and developing countries. “Five billion people on our planet can’t get an appendix removed if they develop acute appendicitis, or can’t get a hernia fixed,” he explains. “These are relatively simple operations that we take for granted in our country.” In August 2014, the physician found a donor willing to fund the construction of a surgical center in Africa. Mount Sinai engaged Kliment Halsband Architects, and the project broke ground in Kyabirwa in early 2017, officially opening in September of this year.

Frances Halsband is a founding partner of Kliment Halsband Architects. Her role as lead designer for many of the firm’s university projects and campus plans has been recognized with numerous awards and honors. Frances was the first woman president of AIA New York and the Architectural League of New York. She is a former Commissioner of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, and has served as an Architectural Advisor to the US Department of State Office of Overseas Building Operations, and the Federal Reserve Bank.

Randy Cohen’s first professional work was writing humor pieces, essays, and stories for newspapers and magazines (The New YorkerHarpersThe 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. 

Organized by
Center for Architecture and Person Place Thing
6/15/20, 6pm - 7pm
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