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Fisher Hosts Interactive Ethics Program

October 25, 2017

St. John Fisher College is teaming up with the Rochester Area Business Ethics Foundation (RABEF) to offer an interactive workshop around the 2015 documentary film, “(DIS)honesty: The Truth About Lies.”

Yael Malemede

Yael Malemede

The event, scheduled from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 1, in Basil 135, will feature a talk with the film’s director, Yael Melamede. The afternoon event is free and open to the campus community.

The documentary explores the work of Dr. Dan Ariely, a behavioral economist and professor at Duke University, who is an expert on the social, psychological, and economic effects of lying. In the film, Ariely takes viewers through experiments that test human integrity, particularly when influenced by monetary gain.

During the interactive program, Melamede will explore the human tendency to be dishonest through live demonstrations and clips from the film.

The event comes to Fisher through the College’s longstanding relationship with RABEF. Two College faculty members—Dr. Linda MacCammon and Richard Anderson ’01—serve on the board of RABEF, and helped coordinate the program.

“The film causes you to think about dishonesty and honesty in different shades,” said MacCammon, who mentioned the event would be a good exercise not only for students studying business and ethics, but all disciplines. “The film details the extent to which we’re dishonest and shows in a real, concrete way what dishonesty can do to people’s lives.”

Members of the general public can attend a morning session, from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. in Basil 135. Registration to the morning event, which is $30, can be completed online.