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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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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

Featured Virtue: Perseverance

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Perseverance is the ability to stay on the path to one's goals despite obstacles, the discouragement of failure, and the distracting effect of temptations. Learn More

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Spring 2018 Events

We host research colloquia, luncheons and other events throughout the semester. Please visit our Events page to view upcoming events.
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March 8, 2018

Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits will Host Event on Increasing People of Color Leading Nonprofit Organizations

On April 26, our community organization partner, Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, will host Sean Thomas-Breitfeld, co-author of the Race to Lead report. He will speak on the results of a national survey administered by the Building Movement Project on how nonprofit organizations can increase the number of people of color leading nonprofit organizations, and how the sector can change the narrative about the problem and develop new strategies to address the racial leadership gap.

The Building Movement Project works to help the nonprofit sector align social justice principles with their operating practices. Mr. Thomas-Breitfeld’s presentation is part of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits’ “National Speakers’ Series.”
All OU students are welcome to attend this event free of charge. A second session will be held in Tulsa the same day, and OU-Tulsa students are welcome to attend that event free of charge.

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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.