2020 SVPL Conference

Dear Friends,

I hope you are well and safe during this troubled time. I'm writing to let you know that, in accordance with University of Oklahoma policy, all Institute events have been canceled through July. I wish you peace, hope, and resilience!

All best,


Nancy E. Snow

Professor of Philosophy

Director of the Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing

The Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing at the University of Oklahoma will be hosting the first of two subaward conferences in Norman, Oklahoma as part of The Self, Virtue and Public Life grant funded by the Templeton Religion Trust.

The purpose of this first conference is to enable the eleven grant-funded research teams to report on the status of their project, to provide a context for sharing ideas and fostering collaboration, and to allow the SVPL Project Director to assess the progress of each team.

Please direct questions to: flourish@ou.edu

2020 SVPL Conference June 19-21, 2020


Norman, Oklahoma

Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center
2501 Conference Drive, Norman, OK 73069
Phone: (405)-364-8040
Website: embassysuites3.hilton.com

Room Reservations

A block of rooms have been reserved for participants of the 2020 SVPL Conference. Please go to the following Group Web Link to make your online reservations. Reservations may be made June 18-21 for domestic and June 17-21 for international travelers. http://embassysuites.hilton.com/en/es/groups/personalized/O/OKCESES-SVP-20200618/index.jhtml


Conference participants should arrange to fly into Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Self, Virtue and Public Life (SVPL) Project will provide travel expense reimbursements for conference participants not to exceed $600.00 per domestic traveler and $1,500 per international traveler.

Note: All fees relating to ground transportation, baggage, airfare, and parking are travel expenses, and thus will count against your total reimbursement allotment. Please plan accordingly.

Local Transportation

Here is a local transportation company that visitors frequently rely on:

Airport Express: (405)-688-3311



Meals will be provided for all registered participants through the duration of the SVPL conference. Provided meals include: Thursday, (June 18) reception and dinner, Friday, (June 19) breakfast, lunch, reception and dinner, Saturday, (June 20) breakfast, lunch, reception and dinner, and Sunday, (June 21) breakfast. Further details will be provided on site. Dietary needs and restrictions can be indicated on the conference registration form.

Travel Reimbursements

  • Travel Reimbursement Request Form (XLSX)
  • The Self, Virtue and Public Life (SVPL) Project will provide travel expense reimbursements for conference participants not to exceed $600.00 per domestic traveler and $1,500 per international traveler. This amount is intended to cover round trip travel expenditures from the traveler’s location of residence to the conference location. Expenditures will be covered on a reimbursement basis only, and can include items such as coach airfare (first-class airfares cannot be reimbursed), ground transportation, parking, baggage fees, and incidental expenses. If the traveler is arriving from outside the U.S. and needs to spend a night enroute, please contact the SVPL Project staff at flourish@ou.edu for approval prior to booking.

    The Self, Virtue and Public Life Project is based at the University of Oklahoma. University of Oklahoma travel reimbursement policy requires itemized, paid receipts for all reimbursable expenses. Note that some vendors provide paid receipts (showing the date, total amount paid and last four digits of the card number) separately from the itemized receipt. Travelers are responsible to retain and submit the itemized receipt along with the paid receipt. Note also that some airfare vendors’ flight itineraries include verification of payment on the itinerary itself and some do not. In the latter case, travelers must secure a paid receipt for the airfare, and submit that along with the flight itinerary. For a complete list of the University of Oklahoma travel policies, please go to http://www.ou.edu/financialservices/forms

    At the conference, participants will be provided a pre-addressed envelope containing a Travel Reimbursement Request form, an Expense Summary Report, and other necessary paperwork. Forms can also be downloaded from the conference website and completed electronically prior to printing and signing. These forms must be completed, signed and mailed, along with all receipts and required documentation, to the following address no later than June 30, 2020.

    The Self, Virtue, and Public Life Project
    620 Parrington Oval, Room 207
    Norman, OK 73019

    Presentation Schedule

    Presenters will have approx. 45 minutes to present their paper, which will be followed by approx. 30 minutes of Q&A and discussion. A presentation schedule will be provided closer to the event, and a conference program will be provided on site.

    Presenters are to submit their title and 200 word abstract no later than March 15, 2020 to Ms. Mechelle Gibson for the program at mgibson@ou.edu