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Our Virtue Forum Luncheon series began during the planning stages of the Institute, as a way for OU faculty and staff to discuss flourishing and virtue at OU and in higher education generally.

Approximately once a month, OU faculty, staff and graduate students convene over lunch to share virtue-related research and explore new ideas. Participants are united by an interest in approaching education informed by an understanding of human flourishing, character, and virtue.

Lunch is provided for all participants, but registration is required. Please contact us if you are interested in attending.

2019 - 2020 Virtue Forum Luncheons

Abstracts (where available) and other event information can be viewed by clicking the titles below. 


Civility and its Disappointments

August 28th, 2019 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Bizzell Memorial Library, Community Room

Amy Olberding, Ph.D. 

Presidential Professor of Philosophy
The University of Oklahoma

 

 

Presentation Abstract

Many virtues may be disappointing. After all, we often most need virtues when circumstances are troubling and vexing, when we are challenged by experiences difficult to navigate rather than easy. Civility, however, is a virtue that seems to have a special relationship to disappointment. Practicing civility, I argue, entails cultivating strategies, both behavioral and psychological, for managing disappointment. To be robustly civil in the ways suggested by the early Confucians requires hope and optimism about other people and our relations with them. But other people and our relations will, perhaps inevitably, fail to sustain that hope and optimism. We will be disappointed. Civility, as the Confucians present it, engages us in forms of disappointment management.

About Dr. Amy Olberding

Amy Olberding is Presidential Professor of Philosophy at OU.  Her research focuses on early Confucian ethics.  She is the author of The Wrong of Rudeness (Oxford 2019) and Moral Exemplars in the Analects (Routledge 2011).

 

 


Intellectual virtue: bridging the gap between personal and social epistemology

September 18th, 2019 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Bizzell Memorial Library, Community Room

Wayne Riggs, Ph.D. 

Professor and Chair of Philosophy
The University of Oklahoma

Assessment Link: https://ousurvey.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6sV5WarubkIl31P  

 

Presentation Abstract -

There is a substantial and ever-growing body of evidence from a wide range of fields that the way humans cognize (think, reason, figure stuff out), at least when we do it well, is as a collective. Social psychology and cognitive science tell us that, as individuals, our reasoning processes are systematically biased and lazy, and hence not very reliable. Luckily, there’s lots of work from philosophy of science and social epistemology that describes how we are able to combine our cognitive efforts in a way that yields an epistemic total greater than the sum of its parts. But feminist epistemologists and others have for years warned that the very social embeddedness of human reason can lead us astray in still new ways. Virtue epistemology has seen rapid development in recent years as a theory of individual epistemic excellence. What is needed now is a version of virtue epistemology that takes account of our social ways and describes how creatures like us, social thinkers, can manage to think well together.

 

About Dr. Wayne Riggs

Wayne Riggs is a Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department at the University of Oklahoma. His primary areas of interest are epistemology (especially virtue epistemology, understanding, epistemic luck, and social epistemology), philosophy of education, and philosophy of emotion.


Sacrificial Listening: An Epistemology and Pedagogy for Intellectual Humility in the Humanities

October 9th, 2019 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Bizzell Memorial Library, Community Room

David Vishanoff, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Religious Studies
The University of Oklahoma

 

Assessment Link: https://ousurvey.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3jRLPdVPdfP6FKJ

Presentation Abstract -

One component of intellectual humility is the discipline of listening to unfamiliar voices, interpreting them in terms of our own categories, and then deconstructing our interpretations and categories by listening again to detect where we are distorting others to serve our own ends and shore up our own identities. This practice is grounded in an epistemology that I will characterize as relational, recursive, eschatological, and sacrificial. It has implications for both methodology and pedagogy in the humanities. It emerged not from research in epistemology or educational theory but from reflection on my own practice as a scholar of Islamic hermeneutics and as a leader of class discussions about Islamic texts.

 

About Dr. David Vishanoff

David Vishanoff is Associate Professor of Islamic studies in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Oklahoma. He received his Ph.D. in West and South Asian Religions from Emory University in 2004. His first two books, The Formation of Islamic Hermeneutics and A Critical Introduction to Islamic Legal Theory, dealt with medieval theories of Qur’anic interpretation; he has been extending that project into the modern period, beginning in Indonesia where he spent the spring of 2013 as a Fulbright scholar. His other long–term projects are an epistemology and pedagogy of “sacrificial listening” and a series of studies on Muslim uses of the Bible, for which he is reconstructing and translating an eighth–century Muslim rewriting of the “Psalms of David.” These projects have led him to dabble in digital methods of data visualization and distant reading.


   Is there value to adversity?

November 20th, 2019 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Bizzell Memorial Library, Community Room

Eranda Jayawickreme

Professor, Department of Psychology
Wake Forest University

 

 

 

Presentation Abstract

The idea that struggle, trauma and adversity can be a catalyst for positive outcomes has a long intellectual history. Can adversity have an upside? Is there a purpose to suffering? Is it really the case that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger? Is suffering required for achieving a good life? Are the fruit of suffering greater well-being? New knowledge? Wisdom? What does the research tell us about the ubiquity of such changes, and can we trust the research? Is the idea of growth through suffering rooted in reality, or an attempt to justify the suffering in our world? Is it possible to intentionally promote growth following adversity? I address these key questions in this proposed talk.

About Dr. Eranda Jayawickreme

Eranda Jayawickreme is associate professor of psychology at Wake Forest University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010. His research focuses on well-being, moral psychology, growth following adversity, wisdom, and integrative theories of personality, and has worked with populations in Rwanda, Sri Lanka and the USA. His awards include the 2015 Rising Star award from the Association for Psychological Science, Wake Forest University's Award for Excellence in Research, a Mellon Refugee Initiative Fund Fellowship, and multiple grants from the John Templeton Foundation, the Templeton Religion Trust, the Asia Foundation/ USAID, and the European Association for Personality Psychology.


   Privation of America's Public Institutions

December 4, 2019 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Oklahoma Memorial Union, Regents Room

Lawrence Baines

Professor, Department of Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum
University of Oklahoma

 

 

 

Presentation Abstract

Many American public institutions are being transformed from serving the common good to generating revenues for a select few. Privatization is redefining the military, prisons, higher education, and k-12 education for the foreseeable future. This session will provide a quick overview with a particular focus on privatization of k-12 schools.

 

About Dr. Lawrence Baines
Lawrence Baines is a professor in the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education and author of 12 books and 100+ articles

 


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January 15th, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Bizzell Memorial Library, Community Room

 

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Virtue, Morality, and Theodicy

February 18th, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Bizzell Memorial Library, Community Room

David Shatz

Ronald P. Stanton University Professor of Philosophy, Ethics, and Religious Thought

 

 

 

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March 25th, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Bizzell Memorial Library, Community Room

Sean Alejandro Valles

Associate Professor in Lyman Briggs College and the Department of Philosophy

 

 

 

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April 15th, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Bizzell Memorial Library, Community Room

Roxana Cazan

Assistant Professor of English and Women's Studies

 

 

 

Presentation Abstract - TBD

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Abstracts (where available) and other event information can be viewed by clicking the titles below.