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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: Love of LearningLove of learning includes both the desire to get new knowledge and delight in achieving it. It includes curiosity about the world and a proper regard for the difficulty in achieving genuine knowledge. Love of learning leads to a desire to learn the standards of particular fields of study, and a desire to expand the fields of knowledge one has already acquired.

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LAST LECTURE - SEPT 8Nationally acclaimed women's basketball coach, Sherri Coale, will give our next "Last Lecture," on September 8th at 4:00 PM in Meacham Auditorium. Our Last Lecture series gives OU leaders an opportunity to reflect deeply about what matters most to them, and to share those reflections with the OU community. 

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Institute Establishes First Community Organization Partnership

Oklahoma City

We are pleased to announce our first community organization partnership with Salt And Light Leadership Training (SALLT) of Oklahoma City. SALLT is a faith-based community organization whose mission is to “Serve Christian leaders from the public, private and social sectors by helping them leverage their passion, skills and influence for the common good of the city.”
The Institute is collaborating with SALLT on a metro-Oklahoma City-based community project called 'How Are the Children?'. United around our common goal of improving the flourishing of children in Oklahoma City, we are collaborating with Thriving Cities, an initiative of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia, to work with SALLT in bringing meaningful, positive change for the children of Oklahoma City. Through the leadership of Dr. Joshua Yates, Thriving Cities is already guiding the community work of SALLT members in assessing the needs of Oklahoma City children and laying the groundwork for long-term interventions.
On December 5-7, 2016, the Institute will host a summit to bring together Thriving Cities staff with SALLT members and key city and state leaders. Together we will develop a framework that will structure and assess ongoing community work to improve children's lives.