Earlham Calls Off Appearance by Jonah Lehrer

August 2, 2012

Earlham College announced Wednesday that it has called off plans to have Jonah Lehrer be the featured speaker at this year's new student convocation. Lehrer recently admitted that he fabricated some quotes in his new book, Imagine: How Creativity Works. Greg Mahler, academic dean at the college, said he was "saddened" by the scandal. But he noted that the appearance was to have been sponsored by the college's Robert Simpson Charles Lectureship in Ethics Endowed Fund, and said that a talk by Lehrer would be "inappropriate at this time." The college said that Lehrer's agent has pledged to repay all funds advanced for the appearance. David Ebenbach, an author and teacher of writing at Georgetown University, will replace Lehrer. Ebenbach was formerly a visiting professor of creative writing at Earlham.


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