Humanities Chair Stephen Miller Represents US at International Philosophy Olympiad in Portugal

Published Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Humanities Chair Stephen Miller is one of two representatives from the United States attending the International Philosophy Olympiad (IPO) from May 26th -29th in Lisbon, Portugal under the umbrella of the World Congress of Philosophy.  The IPO brings students and teachers together from over 50 countries, this year for the theme of Personal Identity.  Each participant nation can send up to two students and two teachers.  This year, the U.S. will be sending Joseph Murphy from Dwight Englewood School, Stephen Miller from Oakwood and Charles de Belloy from the Lycée Français de San Francisco.  

The student participants must first qualify by writing an essay in a language that is not their first language.  For Americans, they may write in German, French or Spanish.  In Portugal, the students write further essays which are judged by the invited teachers.  Overall, the event allows for philosophers both young and old to meet people from around the world and engage in dialogue. 

Oakwood has previously had one student attend as one of the United States' representatives, Caroline Norfleet '16 and one student as a finalist, Nafisa Rashid '19.  Being selected for this prestigious event is an important honor and we hope to send more students in the future.  

Click here to learn more about the IPO and this year's Olympiad: