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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: 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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Virtue Forum Luncheon - February 17

Virtue Forum Luncheon - Feb 17Our next Virtue Forum Luncheon will be held on February 17. Institute Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Lani Watson, will speak on "Virtue and Vice in the Media: A Brexit Case Study." Lunch will be provided for all registered attendees.

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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 >>