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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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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

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Schedule of Podcasts for the, "Survive & Thrive: Oklahomans Reflect on COVID-19 & Racism" Series

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Oct   7
 “Survive and Thrive: Oklahomans Reflect on Covid-19 and Racism.”   Interview with Chris Fields, Firefighter assisted in Alfred P. Murrah bombing in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma April 19, 1995.Podcast
Oct 14   “Survive and Thrive: Oklahomans Reflect on Covid-19 and Racism.”   Interview with Justin Norris, SGA student body President at the University of Oklahoma.
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Oct 21
 “Survive and Thrive: Oklahomans Reflect on Covid-19 and Racism.”   Interview with Dr. Serene Jones,  President of Union Theological Seminary in New York.
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Oct 28
 “Survive and Thrive: Oklahomans Reflect on Covid-19 and Racism.”   Interview with Brenda Alford, a descendant of Tulsa Race Massacre survivors.Podcast
Nov  4 "Survive and Thrive: Oklahomans Reflect on Covid-19 and Racism.”   Interview with Joi Gordon the CEO for Dress for Success.
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Nov 11 "Survive and Thrive: Oklahomans Reflect on Covid-19 and Racism.”   Interview with Gene Rainbolt, selected one of the 50 most powerful Oklahomans and Charlotte Lankard, a licensed marriage and family counselor.Podcast
Nov 18 "Survive and Thrive: Oklahomans Reflect on Covid-19 and Racism.”   Interview with Nikki Nice, Council Woman of Oklahoma's Ward 7.
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Dec 2
 "Survive and Thrive: Oklahomans Reflect on Covid-19 and Racism.”  Interview with Joseph Harroz, President of the University of Oklahoma.Podcast
Dec 9 "Survive and Thrive: Oklahomans Reflect on Covid-19 and Racism.”  Interview with Krista Tippett, an award winning journalist originally from Oklahoma, and now an NPR host.
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Dec 16 "Survive and Thrive: Oklahomans Reflect on Covid-19 and Racism.”  Joy Hofmeister, the Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction.
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