The Second Biennial Heroism Science Conference was held in Richmond, Virginia, on October 4-5, 2018. Our Keynote speaker was Dr. Zeno Franco from the Medical College of Wisconsin. Other presenters were Elaine Kinsella, Eric Igou, Joanna Pascoe, Bryan Smyth, Kevin O'Malley, George Goethals, Susan Ross, Stephanie Fagin-Jones, Scott Allison, Laural Adams, Peter Bray, Benjamin Van Tourhout, James Beggan, Michael Condren, Clive Williams, and Travis Langley.

The University of Richmond hosted the conference at its UR downtown campus, located at 626 East Broad St #100, Richmond, Virginia 23219. The next conference will be hosted by the University of Limerick in Ireland in May of 2021. Please contact Elaine Kinsella for more information, or visit

Written versions of the Richmond conference presentations appear in a special issue of Heroism Science, the field's flagship journal. This issue can be found at


A Review of Hero-Based Interventions in Educational and Clinical Settings -- Kevin O’Malley, Elaine L. Kinsella, Jennifer McMahon, and Eric R. Igou

The Study of Law as a Hero's Journey -- Clive Williams, Nickolas J. James, and Rachael M. Field

The Moral Character of Brave Heroes -- Lawrence J. Walker

The Role of Values in Motivating Social Heroes -- Michael Condren

The Integration of Transformation: How Ordinary Human Beings Become Extraordinary -- Susan Ross

Self-Realization and Validity Surplus in Social Heroism -- Bryan Smyth

Are Villains the New Heroes? Or: On the hybridization of (fictional) heroes? -- Benjamin Van Tourhout

Everyday heroism, personal story making and growth: Observations from humanistic counselling and critical autoethnography -- Peter Bray

Zeroing in on Heroes: Adolescents’ perceptions of hero features and functions -- Elaine L. Kinsella

Stories -- Travis Langley

The Rocky Road from Regret to Heroism -- Eric R. Igou, Wijnand A. P. van Tilburg, and Elaine L. Kinsella

Emotional Resilience, Interpersonal Communication, and Mentorship: Using the Hero’s Journey to Teach Life Skills to Business Students -- Laural Adams

The Transformation of the Hero: Principles, Processes, and Purpose -- Scott T. Allison

Hero or Mrs. Grundy? When "helping" becomes a panopticon -- James K. Beggan

Heroic Transforming Leadership: Touching the Better Angels of Our Nature -- George R. Goethals

Heroes of The Holocaust and Prosocialization -- Stephanie Fagin-Jones

Heroism and the Human Experience: A Phenomenological View -- Zeno Franco, Keynote Address


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