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Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing

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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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To flourish means to live well, to thrive. We believe that humans flourish when they develop to their fullest potential as rational and moral creatures living in healthy communities.

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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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March 15, 2019

Nancy Snow to Present Research on Hope at Princeton University


In April 2019, Institute director Nancy Snow will present her research on hope at a colloquium held at Princeton University. The colloquium is sponsored by the University Center for Human Values, and will feature presentations from 14 scholars from around the country.

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The Institute is made possible by a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation
and by support from The University of Oklahoma and the Kirkpatrick Foundation.