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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: Self-RegulationSelf-regulation is one of the most basic virtues, in that some degree of it is necessary to acquire any other virtue. It is the capacity to regulate and restrain one's thoughts, emotions, and behaviors for the sake of achieving good ends.

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Humility Conference

HUMILITY CONFERENCE - 20-21This conference will gather scholars from a variety of disciplines to share their research on the virtue of humility. The papers are planned to appear in a volume edited by Dr. Jennifer Cole Wright (College of Charleston). This event is by invitation only. 

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We are Now Accepting Applications for Research Fellowships!

Institute Fellowships

The Institute is now accepting applications for three Postdoctoral Fellowships and two OU Dissertation Fellowships. These non-renewable positions are for the 2017-18 academic year.

The Postdoctoral Fellowships are open to all early career researchers within the U.S. and abroad. The Dissertation Fellowships are open only to OU graduate students.

The deadline for receipt of applications is February 12, 2016. How to apply >>