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U.Va.’s Sullivan speaks on building, maintaining communities of trust

Can integrity come from a single act? Or is it something one must live and uphold every second of every day?

At 10:45 a.m. Friday, Teresa A. Sullivan, president of the University of Virginia, will close out the Week Seven morning lecture series by trying to answer the question, “How can we maintain a culture of honor and integrity?”

As the leader of an institution with one of the nation’s foremost models of academic honesty, Sullivan brings perspective from a place where honor and ethical living mean vowing against all types of lying, cheating and stealing, and have been historically entrenched in the institution since the 19th century.

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Commissioners Goodell, Slive speak with Russert on cheating in sports

Commissioner Goodell will participate in a moderated discussion at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday in the Amphitheater with Mike Slive, commissioner of the Southeastern Conference, in congruence with the Week Seven lecture theme, “The Ethics of Cheating.” The discussion will be moderated by NBC News correspondent Luke Russert.

Follansbee said he is happy to welcome his old friend back to the Institution. The Goodell family has had a long history at Chautauqua, and some family members are still actively involved on the grounds.

“We always love to welcome back anyone with the deep ties that Roger has to the Institution,” Follansbee said. “He’d be the first one to admit that Chautauqua has had a profound influence on his life.”

Sherra Babcock, director of the Department of Education and Youth Services, said a series of lectures devoted to “The Ethics of Cheating” would not be complete without a discussion on sports.

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Psychiatrists compare views on ethics of the bedroom

Hold onto your bench — sex is the topic of Tuesday’s 10:45 a.m. lecture.

“It’s hard to be boring about this subject. You’d have to really try to be boring,”
Dr. Paul McHugh said of his morning lecture in the Amphitheater with Dr. Julia Heiman.

Heiman and McHugh will discuss the ethics of cheating in sexual relationships, and whether cheating on a partner deserves its widely accepted negative reputation.

McHugh, University Distinguished Service Professor of psychiatry at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, previously served as director of the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences. He also served on President George W. Bush’s council on bioethics.

Heiman serves as director of the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction at Indiana State University, and her work focuses on understanding patterns of sexuality from an integrated psychosocial-biomedical perspective. She is broadly published in the area of sex research on male and female sexual function and dysfunction.

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Dan Ariely: Plagiarism and essay mills

Sometimes as I decide what kind of papers to assign to my students, I can’t help but think about their potential to use essay mills.

Essay mills are companies whose sole purpose is to generate essays for high school and college students (in exchange for a fee, of course). Sure, essay mills claim that the papers are meant just to help the students write their own original papers, but with names such as echeat.com, it’s pretty clear what their real purpose is.

Professors in general are very worried about essay mills and their impact on learning, but not knowing exactly what essay mills are or the quality of their output, it is hard to know how worried we should be. So together with Aline Grüneisen, I decided to check it out. We ordered a typical college term paper from four different essay mills, and as the topic of the paper we chose… (surprise!) Cheating.

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Ariely reveals how we justify our dishonesty

At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, researchers conducted an experiment that involved placing six cans of Coca-Cola in communal student refrigerators across campus. In those refrigerators, they also placed plates of six $1 bills. When the researchers returned to see what remained in the refrigerators, the Coca-Colas had disappeared, but the dollar bills remained. Why was it that students would steal the sodas, but they wouldn’t steal the money?

The experiment was devised by Dan Ariely, the James B. Duke Professor of Behavioral Economics at Duke University. Ariely is New York Times best-selling author of Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions and The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home. In those books, Ariely uses his experiments in behavioral economics to show how humans defy reason in both personal and professional scenarios.

At 10:45 a.m. Monday in the Amphitheater, Ariely will present some of the findings from his latest book, The (Honest) Truth about Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone — Especially Ourselves, to kick off Week Seven’s theme, “The Ethics of Cheating.” The book showcases the surprising ways humans rationalize dishonest behaviors, usually without even realizing it.

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