Stephen Miller, humanities department chair at Oakwood Friends School, travelled to Fiji in December to present at the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia’s annual meeting. The conference theme this year was titled “Knowledge Ecologies” and it primarily explored the idea of indigenous epistemologies.

Miller’s presentation which explored the ways that language encodes value systems contributing to unconscious bias was called "Contesting Harmful Representation Using the Community of Inquiry Model." His presentation also looked to methods to disrupt this bias. Approximately 200 people gathered from Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Tonga, Cook Islands, Vanuatu, Samoa, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Slovakia, Great Britain, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Hawaii, France and Ireland. Miller was one of only three American attendees.

Miller teaches a variety of philosophy courses at Oakwood including existentialism, ethics, globalization, international relations, postcolonial studies, Asian philosophy and religion. These courses are part of the school’s overall philosophy curriculum which also spans to the Middle School. At the college level, he has taught philosophy and ethics at Marist College and religions of the world, ethical theory and philosophy at Dutchess Community College.

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