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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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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: CompassionCompassion is the expression of care and concern for another person or group of people.  Compassion can come in many forms. A few examples include: a kind word, a gift, a smile, a show of concern, and depending on the context, something as  simple as not letting someone feel alone.

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Partner Parents Promotional

PARTNER PARENTS DAY - OCT 1Our first Partner Parents Day will feature guest speakers with expertise in issues pertaining to child development, the promotion of good character, and the flourishing of children, parents, and teachers. We invite you to join us for a day of collaborative learning, discussion, and sharing ideas.

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A New Partnership on Researching the Virtues in Palliative Care

Lucy Mkandawire-Valhmu

The ISHF is pleased to partner with Dr. Lucy Mkandawire-Valhmu, Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, in her research on the experiences of palliative care patients in Malawi. As part of her research, Dr. Mkandawire is examining the impact that the nine virtues promoted by the Institute has on their lives.

"I am excited about partnering with the Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing at the University of Oklahoma. I am an Associate Professor at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the College of Nursing. The purpose of the current study on which we are partnering investigates the lived experience of female palliative care patients in rural Malawi, and their caregivers. Our objective is to understand and delineate women’s experiences within the context of a resource poor environment with the ultimate goal of offering policy recommendations for effectively scaling up the provision of palliative care in rural Malawi."

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