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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


Love of Learning

Featured Virtue: Love of LearningLove of learning is a disposition to seek out new experiences and novel opportunities for learning. The most common example of someone that loves learning is a child. For the child, everything is fresh, new and interesting.

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Last Lecture - March 8

LAST LECTURE - MAR 8If you could give one last lecture before you die, what would you say? This is the question we pose to our Last Lecture speakers. Join us on March 8th to hear Kristen Partridge answer this thought-provoking question!

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New Leadership Team Member

Scott Beck

We are pleased to announce a new member on the Institute's Leadership Team, Dr. Scott Beck. Dr. Beck is the Head Principal at Norman High School, and has long been an enthusiastic supporter of our work.

Dr. Beck holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Central Oklahoma, a Master's degree in Education Administration, Curriculum and Supervision from the University of Oklahoma and a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and Policy Studies from OU as well. Welcome to the team, Dr. Beck!

Now Accepting Course Proposals!

Course Proposal Call

We offer funding for OU faculty to develop new courses and redesign existing courses, in a variety of disciplines, on virtue and flourishing. We encourage a creative approach to the structure and content of these courses, and we will assist faculty in developing a plan to employ cutting-edge measures and assessment tools. Undergraduate, graduate, and professional courses are welcome.

We issued our fourth Call for Course Proposals on February 6, 2017. The submission deadline is April 1, 2017. Courses funded under this call should be taught in Spring 2018. Learn more >>