Is HPI affiliated with the University of Chicago?

  • HPI works to enhance and support the university by offering programs aimed at ethical formation, but it is independent of UC.

Who can attend HPI events?

  • HPI events are open to UC students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Some programs, though, are designed for students with a particular career focus, e.g. healthcare or education.

Which UC faculty members are involved in HPI programs?

  • Click here to find a list of UC faculty that have led HPI programming.

Are you affiliated with a particular religious or political community?

  • No.

Does HPI charge a fee for participating in events?

  • No.

Where are HPI events held?

  • On the UC Hyde Park campus.

How do I find out about UC events?

  • In addition to information on our website, HPI advertises all yearlong programs in the fall, and other events throughout the year. Check our online calendar for upcoming events.

How can I get involved with HPI?

  • You can get connected by attending an event or participating in a yearlong program. You can also reach out to either Jim Palos or Zack Loveless so that we can discuss how you can get involved!

Why does HPI focus on ethical development and on the development of character in particular?

  • We do not presume that having good character will solve all the world’s problems. Even so, we all want to be good people and to live good lives. Virtuous character is the foundation for that, for virtues, are necessary for individual excellence, they contribute to the flourishing of society, and are connected with leading lives that are satisfying and meaningful.

"We need prudence or practical wisdom for any large-scale worthy enterprise, just as health and sanity are needed. We need justice to secure cooperation and mutual trust… without which our lives would be nasty, brutish, and short. We need temperance in order not to be deflected from our long-term and large-scale goals by seeking short-term satisfactions. And we need courage in order to persevere in the face of setbacks, weariness, difficulties, and dangers."

Peter Geach, The Virtues (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1977), p. 16