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Brian Smith | Staff PhotographerCharles Ray, former U.S. ambassador to Zimbabwe, speaks Wednesday afternoon in the Hall of Christ. Ray and three colleagues from the U.S. foreign service, including public diplomacy officer Sharon Hudson-Dean, to Ray’s right, discussed why they serve in U.S. diplomacy.

Foreign service officers detail joys, perils of diplomatic life

Week Seven’s lectures about diplomacy painted a picture of the international landscape with broad brushstrokes. The lecturers took on big topics: the Arab-Israeli conflict, the debate between isolationists and interventionists, the politics of oil.

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Greg Funka | Staff PhotographerLaura Giberson leads the five year-olds of the Yellow Room as they practice their song and dance routine for Open House Friday, August 2.

‘Happy Birthday Chautauqua!’: Children’s School celebrates all week

It is every child’s birthday at the Children’s School this week, as Chautauqua Institution glides through the week of the 139th anniversary of Chautauqua’s founding. In the manner of Lewis Carroll, the children are observing five “un-birthdays” during Week Seven at Children’s School, themed “Happy Birthday Chautauqua.”

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Teresa A. Sullivan, president of the University of Virginia, closes out Week Seven, themed “The Ethics of Cheating,” with an address on student cheating and creating cultures of honor and integrity. Photo by Lauren Rock.

Sullivan: Honor code, communication cultivates culture of honor, integrity

Honor codes within the education system can instill a long-lasting culture of honor and integrity.

Teresa A. Sullivan, president of the University of Virginia, framed Friday’s morning lecture in the Amphitheater around how communities can maintain a culture of those traits to end Week Seven, themed “The Ethics of Cheating.”

The millennial generation, which includes anyone born since 1980, can be characterized by several key traits, Sullivan said. Those individuals are more confident, more team- and peer-oriented, more inclined to rely on peers for reinforcement and approval, face increased pressure to succeed, and focused on the future and long-term career success.

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Erroll B. Davis Jr., superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools, delivers Thursday’s morning lecture in the Amphitheater. As soon as Davis was appointed interim superintendent in 2011, he was given the responsibility of dealing with a widespread cheating scandal involving teachers and administrators. Photo by Michelle Kanaar.

Davis: Penalties for cheating should always be tougher than for not meeting a goal

When the report of a cheating scandal in the Atlanta Public Schools District was released, Erroll B. Davis Jr. viewed the scandal as a failure in leadership.

Two investigators had looked into the extensive amount of cheating on standardized testing in the school district. Their 800-page report was released in June 2011, just days after Davis became interim superintendent.

APS became home to the largest cheating scandal in United States history, Davis said.

He shared the story about the scandal unfolding, his views on what caused it, and what the community is now doing, during Thursday’s morning lecture in the Amphitheater as part of Week Seven, themed “The Ethics of Cheating.”

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Julia Heiman, director of the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University speaks on the causes of cheating in marriage and committed relationships at Tuesday’s morning lecture in the Amphitheater. Photo by Lauren Rock.

Heiman, McHugh present contrasting perspectives on infidelity

Julia Heiman thinks affairs are driven by the stories people tell themselves to justify their actions. Paul McHugh thinks people are confused about sex.

Heiman and McHugh individually spoke about their views on extramarital affairs before having a conversation with each other during Tuesday’s morning lecture in the Amphitheater for Week Seven, themed “The Ethics of Cheating.”

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Rabbi Jack Bemporad opens the Week Seven Interfaith Lecture Series on “Creating Cultures of Honesty and Integrity” with an address Monday afternoon in the Hall of Philosophy. Photo by Lauren Rock.

Bemporad: Religion must reclaim sense of the holy, speak for the future

“I do not think that one can claim that human beings are by nature either wholly good or wholly evil. We have the potential for both. We can either be good, or we can be not so good, and the culture and education that we’re exposed to can elicit one or the other,” Rabbi Jack Bemporad said Monday in the Hall of Philosophy.

In the first Interfaith Lecture on the Week Seven theme, “Creating Cultures of Honor and Integrity,” Bemporad discussed whether there are universal standards that define acceptable behavior for societies and individuals, what standards are “healthfully human,” how those standards can be emphasized, and the role of religion in encouraging those standards. The title of his lecture was “The Challenge of Creating Cultures of Honor and Integrity.”

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Dan Ariely, Duke University professor of behavioral economics, kicks off Week Seven’s lectures on “The
Ethics of Cheating” by sharing his findings that find cheating is mostly committed on a small scale. Photos by Lauren Rock.

Ariely: Small-scale cheating allows us to still feel good about ourselves

The consequences of our actions have little to no effect on dishonesty. Studies have shown even the death penalty does not influence crime levels.

Rather than thinking of the costs and benefits of their actions, people find ways to rationalize them.

“What happens is that on one hand, we want to look at the mirror and feel good about ourselves. We want to feel that we’re honest, wonderful people,” said Dan Ariely during Monday’s morning lecture. “On the other hand, we want to benefit from cheating. That’s our selfish impulses.”

Ariely, the James. B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University, kicked off Week Seven, “The Ethics of Cheating,” with a lecture about people’s use of rationalism to justify dishonesty. Throughout his lecture, titled “Free Beer,” he shared several experiments conducted by his team at Duke University.

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Week Seven lectures tackle ‘The Ethics of Cheating’

Chautauqua’s lecture platforms in Week Seven will examine honesty and integrity in public life and seek to understand how society lands on certain ethical standards — and how people rationalize skirting those standards. The morning lectures will show how cheating and dishonest behavior affect personal relationships, sports and academe, and also how it costs businesses thousands of dollars every year, a cost passed on to consumers.

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