SHAFR-Miller Center Workshop on Public Engagement

Monday, June 19, 2017 - 6:30pm to Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 5:00pm


The Miller Center at the University of Virginia
2201 Old Ivy Rd.
22903 Charlottesville , VA


SHAFR and the University of Virginia’s Miller Center invite all SHAFR members to participate in a co-sponsored workshop on scholarship in the public interest at the Miller Center on June 19 and 20, 2017, just prior to the annual SHAFR conference.  The workshop is intended to provide an opportunity for historians of U.S. foreign relations and international history more broadly to consider ways in which we might play a larger role in public conversations about the United States and the world. In addition to highlighting the challenges and opportunities associated with greater public engagement, the workshop will allow attendees to experiment with different formats and strategies for communicating with various audiences in ways that more effectively align our expertise with an evolving media landscape.

We therefore invite all SHAFR members to attend the workshop and to present on a topic of their choosing utilizing one of the following formats of public engagement that will be the focus of the conference:

  • quick media: Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram
  • TED Talks
  • Podcasts
  • LinkedIn/Facebook Posts
  • Op-Eds

Workshop Presentations

It is not incumbent upon attendees to present at the workshop, though we encourage as many as possible to do so. Presenters are welcome to address topics of particular interest to them, but they should demonstrate how that topic is relevant to the current moment and to a larger audience.  The overall purpose of the presentations is to consider the ways in which history informs contemporary foreign relations and to think strategically about how we can make those relationships clearer to a public audience.

Presentations will take place in break-out sessions, with presenters and attendees actively engaged in the critiquing process.  These sessions will follow panel discussions about audience, impact, and messaging that will feature historians, journalists, editors, and social media experts, as well as experts in marketing, branding, and psychology.  The workshop will conclude with observations from presenters and attendees, drawn from the break-out sessions and the panel discussions, along with a discussion of potential follow-up activities.

We invite proposals for Full Panels or for Individual Presentations.


Workshop Attendance—Registration deadline May 15th

Attendance: The Miller Center can accommodate up to 75 people for the workshop.  Registration will end on May 8th or when all spaces are filled.  In the event that more than 75 people apply to attend the workshop, we will accept attendees and presenters on a first come, first served basis.

Online Registration Form

Venue and Hotel Information: 

Workshop Accommodations

Travel and Lodging: Attendees and participants are expected to cover travel expenses to and from Charlottesville, lodging for the duration of their stay in Charlottesville, and meals not associated with the workshop.

SHAFR will offer a limited number of grants to cover the cost of lodging for graduate student and faculty members of SHAFR lacking resources from their home institutions.  Graduate students and faculty requesting lodging coverage must make a request when submitting applications to participate in the workshop.

Applications for funding should consist of a

  • one-page c.v.,
  • concise letter from the prospective participant confirming their lack of departmental funding,
  • brief description of their interest in public advocacy, and
  • proposed participation in the workshop.

These items should be submitted at the time the member submits an application to attend or present at the workshop. Decisions on funding will be made by a designated SHAFR committee.

SHAFR and the Miller Center thank the SHAFR Council as well as Mary Dudziak, Julia Irwin, and Amy Sayward, whose contributions helped make this funding possible.

Application for travel funding from SHAFR for this workshop

Lodging in the Faulkner House residence area apartments at the University of Virginia is available for $43 per person per night, plus a $20 flat fee for linens, which includes bed sheets, pillowcase, blanket, and towels; pillows are also provided. Each apartment has 5 single-occupancy bedrooms with a shared common living room and kitchen, as well as shared bathrooms. The Faulkner apartments are directly adjacent to the Miller Center.  For more information on the Faulkner House option, please visit:

For attendees interested in lodging at local hotels, please see the list provided below.

If you want to stay in the Faulkner House apartments, reserve your room by paying as part of the registration process.  A full refund is available for those who cancel no later than June 1st; after that date, we are not able to provide a refund.

We will also explore ways to facilitate ride-sharing from airports and area locations to Charlottesville. These might include use of a Doodle poll or some other online application.

Meals: The Miller Center will provide an evening dinner on Monday, June 19, and breakfast, lunch, and snacks on Tuesday, June 20.

Other Local Hotel Accommodations

Red Roof Inn; Holiday Drive; 1-855-873-6562
Rates starting at $66

La Quinta Inn & Suites Charlottesville; Emmet Street North; 1-855-809-3504
Rates starting at $89

UVA Inn at Darden; 10 Duffy Boulevard, Charlottesville, VA 22903; 434-243-5000
Rates starting at $130

Courtyard by Marriott; 683 Hillsdale Drive; 434-973-7100
Rates starting at $145

Hampton Inn & Suites; W. Main Street; 1-855-799-6860
Rates starting at $178

Boar’s Head Inn; 200 Ednam Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22903; 434-296-2181
Rates starting at $189

Event Program: 

Tentative Workshop Agenda

The tentative agenda is as follows:

Monday, June 19

                6:30 – Dinner and informal discussion

Tuesday, June 20

                8:30-9:00 – Breakfast

                9:00-9:15 – Welcome

                9:15-10:45 – Panel Discussion with Historians/Public Intellectuals

                11:00-12:30 – Panel Discussion with Editors, Communication/Marketing Experts

                12:30-1:30 – Lunch

                1:30-3:00 – Break-out Sessions – Presentations

                3:45 – 5:00 – Plenary – Observations/Findings/Next Steps

Contact Information: 

Joint Steering Group

SHAFR: Kathryn Statler (co-chair, University of San Diego), Lori Clune (Cal State-Fresno), Perin Gurel (Notre Dame) , Kimber Quinney (Cal State-San Marcos), and Salim Yaqub (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Miller Center: Marc Selverstone (co-chair), Stefanie Georgakis Abbott, Niki Hemmer, Will Hitchcock, and Meghan Murray


Contact Marc Selverstone [email protected] or Kathryn Statler [email protected] with any questions about the workshop.