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

Thursday, 21 February 2013 - 9:30am

We are excited to announce that registration is now open for 'Cultivating Virtue in the University,' a two-day conference co-sponsored by the McDonald Centre, the Oxford Character Project, and Wake Forest University.  The event will be held in the Blue Boar Lecture Theatre, Christ Church, Oxford, on May 25-26, 2017.  

Historically, moral formation has been one of the university’s central purposes, but in the modern era, universities 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 a multicultural and ideologically plural age.

This conference will bring together distinguished scholars and practitioners to explore the role of character development in higher education.  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.