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Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing

"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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Our Vision

The Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing (ISHF; the Institute) is revitalizing and renewing the study and cultivation of virtue in higher education, advancing the study of virtue through leadership in virtue research, and improving the flourishing of students and of all people in Oklahoma and beyond through effective and inspiring outreach programs.

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To advance the study of virtue and promote flourishing through leadership in virtue education and outreach. Learn more


On March 8, students from Clinton and Norman High Schools visited Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication as part of the "What is Home? Digital Storytelling Project."  The project, generously funded by the Kirkpatrick Foundation, is a collaborative effort between the Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing, Gaylord, and the two high schools.  The project seeks to enhance students' digital storytelling skills while cultivating the virtues of creativity, curiosity, open-mindedness, and perseverance.  Students visiting Gaylord listened to presentations by Dean Ed Kelley, Dr. Nancy Snow, and Mike Boettcher.  They were given a tour of Gaylord and were encouraged to consider careers in journalism and mass communication at OU.   For more information on this project, please go to:  WHAT IS HOME?

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The Institute is made possible by a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation , The Templeton Religion Trust and by support from The University of Oklahoma and the Kirkpatrick Foundation.