The Self, Virtue, and Public Life is a $3.9 million research initiative led by Institute director Nancy Snow and funded by the Templeton Religion Trust.
As part of our mission to improve the flourishing of OU students and to advance the science of virtue, we manage activities and programs in four main areas.
This area includes programs that introduce OU freshmen to the OU virtues, help them reflect on how the virtues apply to their own lives as students and young citizens, and encourage them to cultivate the virtues within themselves. Learn more
In this program, we incentivize OU faculty to integrate one or more of the OU virtues into a new course or a redesigned existing course. We also assist in developing an assessment plan focused on measuring growth in understanding and developing the virtues in students. Learn more
We host a variety of lectures, including our annual Headliner Lecture and ISHF Welcome Lecture, our “Last Lectures,” and our Virtue Forum Luncheon presentations. Learn more
In addition to the research on virtue and flourishing produced by our Leadership Team, we also fund Postdoctoral Fellows and Dissertation Fellows, and we host academic conferences on virtue-related topics. Learn more
We have partnered with local schools to assist in incorporating virtue and character into their classrooms and organizational culture. Learn more
In addition to offering online resources for parents, we host free one-day events that connect parents with local educators and other experts on child character development and flourishing. Learn more