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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: CivilityCivility is a social virtue that is indispensable to open political discourse and reasoned disagreement. A civil person engages others in respectful dialogue, without scorn or insult, even when the issues are intensely important or disagreement runs deep.

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Headliner Lecture Promo

HEADLINER LECTURE - DEC 8Do you love the city? Come hear Dr. Joshua Yates speak on the urban possibilities for our grandchildren! Dr. Yates is Director of Thriving Cities and Research Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia.

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Watch Dr. Nancy Snow's Interview on Current Conversations

Institute Director, Dr. Nancy Snow, was recently interviewed by Current Conversations host, Dr. Robert Con Davis-Undiano, Neustadt Professor of Comparative Literature and Presidential Professor of English at OU. The interview aired on Oklahoma Education Television Authority (OETA) on Sunday, October 30th at 1:00pm, and will air again on Norman's National Public Radio station, KGOU, on Monday, December 12th at 6:30 pm.

Join our Podcast Listening Group!

Podcast Listening Group

This group will meet every other Tuesday to examine the impact of the physical body on our life experiences and understanding of others. Using the insightful conversations between Krista Tippett and an array of inspiring guests, ranging from Parker Palmer to Jean Berko Gleason, we will learn how being human can set limitations and grant unexpected freedoms.

This is a low commitment, no stress discussion group, open to all OU graduate students and faculty! Consistent attendance is encouraged but not required. If you are interested in participating, please contact Dr. Megan Haggard (mhaggard@ou.edu). Learn more >>