A lecture by David Callahan entitled “The Cheating Culture: Why More Americans Are Doing Wrong to Get Ahead” is being presented by the Loyola Marymount University (LMU) Business Ethics Task Force at 7 p.m. Thursday, February 1st.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled to take place in Hilton Center for Business Room 100, 1 LMU Drive, Westchester.

Callahan is nationally recognized for his analysis of the state of ethics in America, according to an LMU source, and is the author of a book by the same title as the lecture.

The author will discuss why more Americans are tempted to download movies and music free, accept a neighbor’s offer to hook up free cable, cheat on taxes and demonstrate other negative personal characteristics, according to the LMU source.

Callahan believes that cutting corners and cheating have risen in the last two decades whether the actions involve corporate scandals, doping in sports and plagiarism by journalists and students, and he argues that soaring income gaps have corroded America’s values and are threatening to corrupt the equal opportunity that previous generations sought to establish, the source says.

Information, www.cheating culture.com

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