September 23, 2004
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.- David Callahan, author of The Cheating Culture: Why More Americans Are Doing Wrong to Get Ahead (2004), will discuss the topic "Why Are Americans Cheating More?" on Thursday, Oct. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Babbott Room in the Octagon at Amherst College. Callahan's talk, sponsored by the Mellon Project on Teaching and Learning, is open to the public at no charge.

Writing in The New York Times, Chris Hedges called Callahan "a liberal who argues that America has lost its moral compass." His dream, Callahan told Hedges, is a society in which "people who play by the rules get ahead."

A graduate of Hampshire College with a Ph.D. degree in politics from Princeton University, Callahan is a co-founder of Demos, a public policy center and think tank that combines research and advocacy, working to strengthen democracy and expand economic opportunity within the United States ( Callahan's books include Kindred Spirits: Harvard Business School's Extraordinary Class of 1949 and How They Transformed American Business; his essays about American history, business and public policy have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today and The American Prospect. A frequent voice on television and radio, Callahan is also a regular commentator for Marketplace on public radio. From 1994 to 1999 Callahan was a fellow at the Century Foundation, where he engaged in public policy research and analysis.