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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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We offer a variety of funding opportunities, from postdoctoral and dissertation fellowships to OU course development stipends.


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We sponsor lectures regularly throughout the semester. View videos of our Last Lectures, Welcome Lectures, Headliner Lectures and more.  


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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

Featured Virtue: Self-Regulation

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Self-regulation is one of the most basic virtues, in the sense that some degree of it is necessary for the acquisition of any other virtue. It is the ability to regulate and restrain one's self for the sake of achieving good ends. Learn More

Virtue Forum Luncheon - Dec 1

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Our Dec. 1 Virtue Forum Luncheon with Dr. Amy Olberding will be from 12:00 - 1:00pm in Bizzell Library, LL118. Complimentary lunch provided for all registered attendees. Register by November 26th! Read an abstract

Headliner Lecture, with Professor James W. Hunter - Dec 7

Headliner Lecture

On December 7 at 6:30 PM in Meacham Auditorium (Oklahoma Memorial Union) we will host our second Headliner Lecture. Our speaker, Professor James D. Hunter, is LaBrosse-Levinson Distinguished Professor of Religion, Culture and Social Theory and Executive Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia. All are welcome to this free, public event! Learn more



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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.