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"We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education."

– Martin Luther King, Jr.
“The Purpose of Education,” 1947 

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Our Mission


The mission of the Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing is to advance the science of virtue and to promote the flourishing of OU Students and all Oklahomans. Learn more


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Featured Virtue: HonestyHonesty is a deep and pervasive commitment to truth — seeking it out, acknowledging it, holding oneself (and others) accountable to it, and conforming one’s conduct to it.  Honesty is closely related to integrity, which is the virtue of being true to oneself, of having one’s beliefs, feelings, and behavior in harmony.

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Cultivating Character Promotional

CULTIVATING CHARACTER INSTITUTEThe Summer Institute for Student Flourishing is a four-day event for secondary teachers in Oklahoma. It is designed to be the first in a series of events for teachers on character education, using the Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing's focal virtues as a framework.

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Introducing our 2016-17 Fellows!

ISHF Fellows

We are happy to welcome our 2016-17 Postdoctoral Fellows and OU Dissertation Fellows to the Institute team! Click here to read bios.