Chautauqua Institution has announced that a talk given by Jeffrey Beard on Thursday in the Hall of Philosophy was not original work. The address was reported in Friday's edition of The Post-Journal.
Beard is director general of the International Baccalaureate in Geneva, Switzerland. He spoke on reforming education.
A statement read at the Hall of Philosophy on Friday, noted that the speech Beard gave "drew heavily upon and quoted extensively from a speech given earlier in the year by Sir Ken Robinson at a TED conference.
"Mr. Beard neglected to cite his source or reveal the quotations for what they were. Yesterday's speech was not original work.
"We have withdrawn yesterday's speech from our season's offerings to the public online and at the bookstore.
"Mr. Beard's behavior in this matter is not characteristic of the work done here at Chautauqua and violates the expectations you should have for that work. We acknowledge to you our genuine disappointment in this event," the statement said.