Saint Mary’s welcomed Michael Lamb, Ph.D. to present “Several Reasons why it is Good to form Character within the University.” This presentation was open to students, faculty, and staff of Saint Mary’s and took place on October 18, 2021 at 3 pm on the Twin Cities campus. Dr. Lamb will also facilitated a seminar for faculty on strategies for character development in the context of higher education, the topic of his forthcoming article in the Journal of Character Education.

Dr. Lamb is Executive Director of the Program for Leadership and Character and Assistant Professor of Politics, Ethics, and Interdisciplinary Humanities at Wake Forest University. He is also a Research Fellow with the Oxford Character Project. He holds a Ph.D. in politics from Princeton University, a B.A. in political science from Rhodes College, and a second B.A. in philosophy and theology from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. 

His research focuses on leadership, character, and the role of virtues in public life. He is the co-editor of Cultivating Virtue in the University and Everyday Ethics: Moral Theology and the Practices of Ordinary Life, and the author of A Commonwealth of Hope: Augustine’s Political Thought. His work has been published in the American Political Science ReviewJournal of Religious EthicsJournal of Moral Education, and Journal of Character Education, and he has presented on the importance of character education at universities around the world. He is currently a principal investigator on grants to educate character funded by the John Templeton Foundation, Kern Family Foundation, and Lilly Endowment, Inc. Prior to joining Wake Forest, he helped to launch the Oxford Character Project and served as Dean of Leadership, Service, and Character Development for the Rhodes Trust in Oxford.

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