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Week Seven lectures at Chautauqua Institution shed light on ‘The Ethics of Cheating’

August 8, 2012
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

CHAUTAUQUA - Beginning on Monday, Aug. 6 experts from a variety of career fields examine cheating as an ethical wrong, but also challenge the assumption that cheating is always wrong. Lectures will also touch on motivations for cheating, the history of cheating as well as its effect on business, sports, politics, technology, relationships and society.

The week's lectures begin with behavioral economics professor at Duke University, Dan Ariely. Also the author of The New York Times best-seller "Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions," he lectures at 10:45 a.m. in the Amphitheater on Monday.

Taking the Amphitheater stage Tuesday morning are Julia Heiman and Paul McHugh. Heiman is director of the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction and professor of psychology and clinical psychiatry at Indiana University. McHugh is the University Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Lecturers on Wednesday, Aug. 8 include Roger Goodell, Mike Slive and Luke Russert.

Roger Goodell is commissioner of the National Football League. Under his leadership, fan interest has soared, including the largest TV audiences in league history and enormous growth in online and social media engagement.

Mike Slive is the seventh commissioner of the Southeastern Conference SEC. During his tenure, he has developed initiatives designed to maintain and improve the SEC's position as one of the top intercollegiate athletic conferences in the nation, both on and off the fields of play.

Luke Russert, son of the late Meet the Press moderator Tim Russert, is a NBC News correspondent based in Washington, D.C. He currently reports from Capitol Hill on the House of Representatives and covers youth issues for NBC Nightly News, Today and MSNBC.

Thursday's lecture will be given by Erroll B. Davis Jr., superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools and former chancellor of the University System of Georgia, where he was responsible for the state's 35 public colleges and universities.

On Friday, Aug. 10 Teresa A. Sullivan gives last morning lecture of Week Seven. Sullivan is the eighth president of the University of Virginia, home to the nation's oldest student-run honor system, under which students pledge not to lie, cheat or steal.

The Interfaith Lecture Series this week takes on theme, "Creating Cultures of Honor and Integrity," beginning with Rabbi Jack Bemporad on Monday at 2 p.m. in the Hall of Philosophy. Bemporad is an internationally recognized theologian, scholar and interfaith advocate.

Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed, national director of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), gives the afternoon lecture on Tuesday, Aug. 7.

On Wednesday, professor of moral theological ethics at Marquette University, Daniel C. Maguire is the afternoon lecturer.

Former mayor, congressman and ambassador, Andrew Young lectures on Thursday, Aug 9.

The last afternoon lecturer this week is David W. Orr, the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics and Senior Advisor to the President at Oberlin College.

Morning lectures are held in the Amphitheater weekdays at 10:45 a.m. Afternoon/Interfaith lectures are held in the Hall of Philosophy weekdays at 2 p.m. Afternoon lecture themes coordinate with the themes of the 10:45 a.m. lectures, but take a different angle of vision.

Day tickets are available for purchase at the Main Gate Welcome Center Ticket Office on the day of your visit. Morning tickets grant visitors access to the grounds for $18 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For $12, afternoon tickets grant access from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Combined morning/afternoon passes - 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. - are $30. For additional ticketing information, visit or call 357-6250.

Chautauqua Institution is a summer community located in southwestern New York State on Chautauqua Lake. It offers a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship, educational programs and recreational activities. Each summer the Institution hosts over 2,200 events and 100,000 guests. For more information, visit



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