Cultivating Virtue in the University: May 2017

Wake Forest and the Oxford Character Project co-sponsored an international conference on “Cultivating Virtue in the University” at the University of Oxford on May 25-26, 2017.

The conference began with a public event at Rhodes House on “How Might Universities Cultivate Leaders of Character?” Attracting more than 100 scholars, students and citizens, the panel, moderated by Dr. Lamb, included:

  • Nathan O. Hatch, President of Wake Forest University
  • Nigel Biggar, Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology at Oxford
  • Charles Conn, Warden of Rhodes House and CEO of the Rhodes Trust
  • Margaret MacMillan, Warden of St. Antony’s College, Oxford
  • Ngaire Woods, Dean of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government

Over the following two days, the conference brought together leading experts in history, literature, philosophy, theology and the social sciences to explore the role of character development in higher education. The conference concluded with a special presentation by Dr. Lamb and leaders of The Oxford Character Project on their innovative program to cultivate virtue among Oxford postgraduates. The sold-out conference attracted scholars, students and educators from the United States, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Germany, Spain and Argentina.

Conference speakers included:
  • Nigel Biggar (Oxford)
  • Jonathan Brant (Oxford)
  • Joanna Collicutt (Oxford)
  • Liz Gulliford (Birmingham)
  • Michael Lamb (Wake Forest)
  • Christian Miller (Wake Forest)
  • Blaire Morgan (Worcester)
  • Paula Moya (Stanford)
  • Onora O’Neill (Cambridge)
  • Julie Reuben (Harvard)
  • Jessica Richard (Wake Forest)
  • Helen Small (Oxford)
  • Chad Wellmon (UVA)

The conference was co-sponsored by the McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics, and Public Life, Oxford Character Project, Templeton World Charity Foundation and Wake Forest University.