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'Cultivating Virtue in the University' - May 25-26, 2017

Thursday, 25 May 2017 - 9:00am to Friday, 26 May 2017 - 2:30pm

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Thursday and Friday 25-26 May, 2017

Blue Boar Lecture Theatre, Christ Church, Oxford

While moral formation has historically been one of the university’s central purposes, universities in the modern era have become shy of intentionally shaping the character of their students, even while they do it in practice. Recent scandals and ethical failures in government, politics, banking, business, journalism, and health care invite us to consider whether universities should recover an intentional focus on moral education and, if so, how they should cultivate virtue in an increasingly global, multicultural, and ideologically plural age.

This two-day conference will bring together distinguished scholars and practitioners to explore the role of character development in higher education.  These include:

  • Nigel Biggar (University of Oxford)
  • Jonathan Brant (University of Oxford)
  • Joanna Collicutt (University of Oxford)
  • Liz Gulliford (University of Birmingham)
  • Michael Lamb (Wake Forest University/University of Oxford)
  • Christian B. Miller (Wake Forest University)
  • Blaire Morgan (University of Worcester)
  • Paula Moya (Stanford University)
  • Onora O'Neill (University of Cambridge)
  • Julie Reuben (Harvard University)
  • Jessica Richard (Wake Forest University)
  • Helen Small (University of Oxford)
  • Chad Wellmon (University of Virginia)

By integrating perspectives from history, literature, education, philosophy, theology, and the social sciences, we hope to catalyze a broader interdisciplinary conversation that will encourage colleges and universities to develop creative ways to educate students to become good leaders and wise thinkers.

Registration is now open - please click here to buy tickets.  A provisional conference programme is available to download here.

We currently do not have any future events planned.