Presentation Title

Cultivating Good Character in Students

Presenter Information

Chris Miller, Wake Forest University

Location

Newbold Auditorium, Buller Hall

Start Date

8-15-2019 8:30 AM

End Date

8-15-2019 9:45 AM

Description

This keynote will include a brief clarification of what character is and what is involved in having a virtuous character, and then a presentation of a variety of different practical strategies for trying to cultivate good character in students. Among the ideas considered will be the importance of moral reminders, emulating good role models and exemplars, actually practicing virtuous behaviors, identifying our character flaws, and being shaped by Christian practices.

Biography

Christian B. Miller is the A. C. Reid Professor of Philosophy at Wake Forest University. He is the Philosophy Director of the Beacon Project ( www.moralbeacons.org ), funded by a $3.9 million grant from Templeton Religion Trust, and is Past Director of the Character Project ( www.thecharacterproject.com ), funded by $5.6 million in grants from the John Templeton Foundation and Templeton World Charity Foundation. He is the author of over 80 academic papers as well as three books with Oxford University Press, Moral Character: An Empirical Theory (2013), Character and Moral Psychology (2014), and The Character Gap: How Good Are We? (2017). His writings have also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Dallas Morning News, Slate, The Conversation, Newsweek, Aeon, and Christianity Today. Miller is the editor or co-editor of Essays in the Philosophy of Religion (OUP), Character: New Directions from Philosophy, Psychology, and Theology (OUP), Moral Psychology, Volume V: Virtue and Character (MIT Press), Integrity, Honesty, and Truth-Seeking (OUP), and The Continuum Companion to Ethics (Continuum Press).

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Aug 15th, 8:30 AM Aug 15th, 9:45 AM

Cultivating Good Character in Students

Newbold Auditorium, Buller Hall

This keynote will include a brief clarification of what character is and what is involved in having a virtuous character, and then a presentation of a variety of different practical strategies for trying to cultivate good character in students. Among the ideas considered will be the importance of moral reminders, emulating good role models and exemplars, actually practicing virtuous behaviors, identifying our character flaws, and being shaped by Christian practices.