From 2015 to 2018, the three aims of the Beacon Project were to (1) jumpstart a field of study on the morally exceptional similar to the study of exceptional cognitive talent, (2) integrate philosophical, theological, and psychological expertise to characterize the morally exceptional, and (3) answer big questions about the morally exceptional. We accomplished these aims with a number of activities, including three funding competitions, a three year research project, two research conferences, and an innovative summer seminar. Learn more.
From 2010-2013, the goal of the Character Project was to foster new advances in the study of character. We accomplished this goal with a number of activities, including three funding competitions, a three year research project, two research conferences, an innovative summer seminar, and an essay and book prize competition.
From 2013 to 2015, the Developing Character Project built on this previous work with the following activities: continued research at Wake Forest and the Catholic University of America, a research conference, an edited collection of work we have funded, an edited volume on virtue and character, a trade book, and a series of videos, among many other activities. Learn more.
Information on character education and development, character in the news, resources for children, books on character, classic online texts, information on forgiveness, religion and compassion as it relates to character, a list of articles on character, and a list of ethics institutes, foundations and centers focusing on character. Learn more.