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August 15, 2018

New Education Partner - Kennedy Elementary School

Kennedy Elementary School Logo

We are pleased to announce that Kennedy Elementary School has decided to partner with the Institute!

Led by Ms. Lisa Stieg, Kennedy Elementary has already begun orienting the school culture around the Institute's nine virtues. Click here to view a walk-though that features the school's new virtue banners. (Link posted with permission.)

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August 14, 2018

Dr. Scott Beck and Aristotle

Scott Beck and Aristotle

We were honored to discover our very own Dr. Scott Beck waxing eloquent among some of history's greatest thinkers. We wish to note, however, that although the Institute has no official commitments to any particular school of thought, some of the Institute's constituents were not a little saddened to see that Dr. Beck evidently donned the wrong toga. Still, hope springs anew that even one so devoted as to embody the very gestures of his teacher would, in time, come to see the light and wisdom contained in those pure, hylomorphic truths of the Master.

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July 26, 2018

Conference Announcement: Empathy and Emotions in Morality, Communication, and Human Life

Conference Announcement

Christopher Caulfield is organizing a conference on Empathy and Emotions in Morality, Communication, and Human Life. The event will be held on September 6, 2018, 10am - 2pm Eastern Time. Keynote speakers will include Institute director, Dr. Nancy Snow, and Institute advisory council member, Dr. Darcia Narvaez.

Participants are welcome to participate via video conference. For details, visit the conference website or contact the conference organizer at

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July 24, 2018

New Book on Justice

Book cover: Justice

We are pleased to announce the upcoming publication of a new book on justice, edited by Dr. Mark LeBar (University of Florida). The book is the first in a 15 volume series on virtues or clusters of virtues from Oxford University Press, edited by Institute Director and Professor of Philosophy, Dr. Nancy Snow.

The expected publication dates are August 1 for the hardcover version and September 4 for the paperback. The book is available for pre-order now on

Publisher's Description
A blindfolded woman holding a balance and a sword personifies one of our most significant virtues. We find Lady Justice in statues and paintings that adorn courts and other institutions of law, symbolizing strength and impartiality. Yet why do we valorize this virtue primarily as a quality of societies, and secondly as one of individual character? We can trace the virtue of justice to ancient Greece, where virtue ethics began its long evolution. There justice was seen as one of the most prominent virtues - and arguably the most important of the social virtues. With time, political philosophy diverted focus to understanding justice as a property of societies, and discussion of justice as a virtue of individuals diminished. Read more

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July 16, 2018

Dr. Nancy Snow to Lead $3.9 million Project on Virtue in Public Life

Nancy Snow

The University of Oklahoma was recently awarded a $3.9 million grant from the Templeton Religion Trust to study the self and virtue in public life. Institute Director, Dr. Nancy Snow, will serve as the Project Investigator for the 36-month grant. She will collaborate with Professor of Psychology Dr. Darcia Narvaez (University of Notre Dame) and other researchers throughout the project.

"The Self, Virtue, and Public Life" project is scheduled to begin September 1, 2018 and will support a variety of research activities and public events, including:

  • Approximately 10 new research projects;
  • Research conferences;
  • Several monographs and edited volumes;
  • Public lectures;
  • The "Civic Virtues Project," which will integrate civic virtues into classes at three Norman schools and produce a publicly available "Teachers Guide to Civic Virtue";
  • Workshops in collaboration with the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits.

The research projects will be selected via an internationally distributed Request for Proposals. If you are interested in being notified when the RFP is released, please join the Institute's mailing list.

Read OU's press release here (issued June 27, 2018)

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May 1, 2018

Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits Teaches the Virtues

OKC Center for Nonprofits teaches the virtues

We have been working with one of our community organization partners, the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, to help integrate our nine virtues into their programing for non-profit leaders.

The picture above is from the first of eighteen sessions in a new leadership and professional development program for the Muskogee Creek Nation. The program uses our nine virtues as a framework for the course, with the three main course components focusing on the Intellectual Virtues, the Executive Virtues and the Civic Virtues.

Learn more about the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits

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April 19, 2018

Open Mindedness - Irving Middle School's Virtue of the Month

Irving Middle School Compassion Video

The most recent virtue video from Irving Middle School students is now available! The school's virtue of the month is open mindedness. Click above to watch Irving students explore this virtue.

Learn more about open mindedness

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April 16, 2018

Theorist Stephanie Pincetl Holds Panel Discussing Urban Metabolism


Stephanie Pincetl seeks to explain how social, political, and economic contexts affect the physical flow through the “urban metabolism,” an analogy scholars make between cities and living systems.

The panel is co-hosted with Gibbs College of Architecture and will take place on Thursday, April 19 at 4PM in the Buskuhl Gallery in Gould Hall.

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April 9, 2018

Institute Director Featured in Podcast


Institute Director Dr. Nancy Snow is featured on the third episode of the podcast Sacred & Profane Love, hosted by Dr. Jennifer A. Frey. Dr. Frey is assistant professor of philosophy at the University of South Carolina and co-Project Investigator on a 3-year research project, titled “Virtue, Happiness, and the Meaning of Life,” which supports the podcast.  

In this podcast episode, Snow and Frey discuss Whitman’s works, “Song of Myself” and “Democratic Vistas,” and the importance of reading the poetry of Walt Whitman in today’s political climate.

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March 30, 2018

Professor Linda Zagzebski Gives Soochow University Lectures in Philosophy

Linda Zagzebski

Institute Leadership Team member and Professor of Philosophy, Dr. Linda Zagzebski, recently gave the Soochow University Lectures in Philosophy in Taiwan. The Lectures are given annually at Soochow University by leading international figures in contemporary analytic philosophy.  

Dr. Zagzebski delivered three lectures under the general title, "The Two Greatest Ideas." The lectures were individually titled: "Two Ideas that Made Us Human" (delivered March 19th), "Persons and Selves" (delivered March 20), and "The Boundary of the Human Mind" (delivered March 21).

The lectures will be revised and expanded into a book to be published by Princeton University Press.

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March 9, 2018

Dr. Casey Shutt Publishes Article on Modern Education and Classical Schooling

Casey Shutt

Dr. Casey Shutt is a member of the Institute's Partner Parents Advisory Board and Assistant Headmaster at The Academy of Classical Christian Studies in Oklahoma City, one of the Institute's partner schools. He recently published an article titled, "Of Pigs and Pupils: Fast Food, Modern Education, and the Growth of Classical (Christian) Schools." An excerpt is provided below.

"Sarah Eeckhoff Zylstra recently wrote of the exponential growth of the classical Christian school movement. Similarly, John J. Miller, writing for National Review, calls the classical and classical Christian school movements “a small revolution in K-12 education.” What accounts for the growing popularity of these classical and classical Christian schools? Why are so many families opting for a return to an older way of educating their children? Strange as it may seem, I believe a popular Chipotle video helps explain the reasons for the rapid spread of these schools.

"The video opens with a peaceful, pastoral scene of a young farming family lovingly caring for their livestock while Willie Nelson sings Coldplay’s “The Scientist.” As the camera pans, efficiency supplants care, and the scene grows cold and gray. Countless pigs are mechanically transported along conveyor belts, injected with hormones, compacted, and speedily packed on trucks for dispersion. A factory replaces the farm; concrete and metal have replaced the hills, trees, and wood; machines replace humans." Read more

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