Dedicated to the philosophy of John William Miller, this website is a comprehensive resource on Miller’s career and thought. Inside is information about Miller’s life, teaching practice, and philosophy. Also available is a wealth of more detailed material including bibliographies, archival resources, and other items of interest to those considering Miller’s philosophy. Select any of the pages from the above menu and peruse the gathered materials. Information on essay prizes, research fellowships, and travel stipends are on the menu to the right. Please contact the Fund with proposals and to inquire about funding in these three categories.
What’s New in Print
Miller Fellow, Jeff Frank, has two new publications. First is his book: Being a Presence for Students: Teaching as a Lived Defense of Liberal Education (Amherst, Massachusetts, and Ann Arbor, Michigan: Lever Press, 2019). The second is his article: “Against Technology-mediated Personalized Learning: Resources from John William Miller and Henry Bugbee to Support Parental Resistance” in Ethics and Education, 15(1) 2020.
What’s New at Williams
The John William Miller Scholars Program continues to support public lectures and faculty seminars at Williams College. Recent talks have been given by Edward Harcourt of Oxford University, Kathryn Sophia Belle of the Pennsylvania State University, and, Williams alum, Santiago Sanchez Borboa completing is Ph.D. at the University of Arizona. Planned spring events in the Miller Scholars Program are still to be determined as Williams adjusts to how to manage programming amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.
Additional news from the Philosophy Department at Williams is that the 2019 Miller Prize in Philosophy went to graduating senior Zach Ottati. Ottati, whose work focuses on the philosophy of Immanuel Kant, received a Herschel Smith Fellowship to attend Cambridge University. The Miller Fellowship Fund joins with the Philosophy Department in honoring the academic achievements of Mr. Morris. The 2020 Miller Prize recipient will be named at the end of the 2020 academic year.
What’s New in Research Fellowships
Current Miller Fellow, Jeff Frank, Associate Professor in the Education Department at St. Lawrence University, is concluding a productive fellowship period. His publications, derived from his Miller Fund-supported research, are listed above under “What’s New in Print.”
For further information on research fellowships, including details pertaining to funding available and the process of making an application, is presented on this website.
What’s New in the Fellowship Committee
The John William Miller Fellowship Fund Committee recently welcomed long-time member, Katie Terezakis, as co-chair. She joined Michael J. McGandy, who served as Chair from 2012-2019, to lead the Fund into the third decade of the 21st century.
What’s New Online
The spirit of John William Miller has taken to using Twitter and you can follow him at the handle @In_Re_Miller. The posts are mostly interesting quotes from Miller’s work, though tweets also concern news from the Fellowship Fund and updates on Miller scholarship.
Researchers and readers can now scan the finding guide to the Miller Papers online. (Click here to access the finding guide or go to the Web page of Archives and Special Collections at Williams College.) The find guide provides basic information on the contents of the archival collection including the titles of items, their date, and the basic subject matter addressed by each item. The online guide will be an invaluable aid to those planning their research or searching for an overlooked piece of writing.