December 14, 2018
Letters of Intent Infographic

One Hundred Letters of Intent Collected for Research Grants

In 2019 we will award 10 research grants of approximately $190,00 each. These grants will advance our goal of fostering innovative, interdisciplinary research on topics related to the self, virtue and public life. We have now completed the first step toward awarding those grants. We received 100 letters of intent representing 79 institutions (43 in the U.S. and 36 abroad) and […]
November 27, 2018
Jean Venier

Michael Spezio and Team Find Humility is Key to Flourishing Communities and Functioning Democracy

Featured Image: Jean Venier, founder of l’Arche and recipient of the 2015 Templeton Prize. Photo by Elodie Perriot. Copyright 2011. Used with permission. In 2016 the Self, Motivation and Virtue Project awarded a research grant to Michael Spezio (Scripps College) and Robert Roberts (Baylor University) to explore models of humility in “stable communities of care, forgiveness, and reconciliation.” The team’s research included extensive […]
November 14, 2018
Bizzell Reading Room

Now Accepting Applications for Two Postdoctoral Fellowships

We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for two, nine-month postdoctoral research fellowships. Significant research focus must be on issues related to the self, civic virtue and public life broadly construed. The fellowships will begin on August 16, 2019 and end on May 15, 2020. Those already in temporary or tenure-track positions are welcome to apply to spend […]
November 10, 2018
Student sitting on bench at OU

Letter of Intent Submission Portal

The letter of intent submission portal is now open! We are grateful to the team at the University of Oklahoma’s One University Store for building the portal. If you encounter problems submitting a letter of intent, please contact us at
November 8, 2018
III European Liberal Arts and Core Texts Education Conference

Call for Papers: III European Liberal Arts and Core Texts Education Conference

CALL FOR PAPERS III European Liberal Arts and Core Texts Education Conference Caring for Souls: Can Core Texts Educate Character? University of Navarra (Pamplona, Spain) 17-19 October 2019 Keynote speakers Rosalía Baena (University of Navarra) David Carr (University of Edinburgh) John F. Crosby (Fransiscan University of Steubenville) Alkeline van Lenning (Tilburg University) Concepción Naval (University of Navarra) [Pending confirmation] Nancy […]
October 15, 2018

Meet the Project co-Director, Darcia Narvaez

Over the next months we will be posting brief interview introductions from our team members. Our first interview is with project co-director, Dr. Darcia Narvaez. DARCIA NARVAEZ, PH.D., is co-director of the Self, Virtue, and Public Life initiative and professor of psychology at the University of Notre Dame. She has published numerous works in the field of moral development and education. She […]
October 5, 2018

Request for Proposals

We are pleased to announce a Request for Proposals for the Self, Virtue & Public Life initiative. We include here a brief overview. The full Request for Proposals is available here. Overview The University of Oklahoma, with a generous grant from the Templeton Religion Trust, is pleased to announce a Request for Proposals (RFP) on the topics of “The Self, Virtue, […]
September 25, 2018

Grant Announcement

We are pleased to announce the establishment of a new research initiative, “The Self, Virtue, and Public Life,” a three-year, interdisciplinary project based at the University of Oklahoma. Funded with generous support from the Templeton Religion Trust, the purpose of the project is to: Support new research on topics related to the self, virtue and public life; and Integrate outreach […]