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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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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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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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September 6, 2018

Dr. Scott Martin to Speak on Educating for Human Flourishing

On Tuesday, September 18, 7:30pm at the Bricktown Hyatt Hotel, Dr. Scott Martin will discuss the role schools and communities should play in creating an ecology of care to nurture the mental, social, and emotional well-being of our children. 

Dr. Scott Martin is the founder and Executive Director of Odyssey Leadership Academy, one of the Institute's partner schools.

This event is sponsored by the Bricktown Association and is free to the public, though seats are limited. Coffee and desserts will be served. Register now on Eventbrite


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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.