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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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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

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April 8, 2019

Save the Date - Public Lecture with Professor Lewis Gordon


On September 20, the Self, Virtue and Public Life Project will hold a public lecture with Professor Lewis Gordon. The event is the first in a series of lectures on "Faith and Civic Virtue in Public Life." 

The lecture will be held in Meacham Auditorium at the University of Oklahoma. Further details will be provided soon. Mark your calendars now!

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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.