The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations

2008 Annual Meeting
Columbus, Ohio

June 26-28


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July 7, 2007

The web-site for the 2008 meeting has been deactivated but is being preserved here for archival purposes.

Dear Colleagues:

On behalf of the 2008 Program Committee (Kelly Gray, Joe Mocnik, and Chris Tudda), we warmly invite you to attend this year’s conference to be held 26-28 June at the Blackwell Inn and Conference Center on the Ohio State University Campus in Columbus, Ohio.  Information regarding registration, lodging, transportation, and the Columbus area can be found elsewhere on this website. 

We’d like to highlight just a few features of what promises to be an excellent program.  (Space considerations forced the Program Committee to make some difficult choices, as we received a record number of submissions this year and could not accept every session that we would have liked.)

The conference opens with a full slate of panels that begin at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, 26 June.  Our concluding panels will be from 3:15-5:15 p.m. on Saturday, 28 June.  That evening there will be a SHAFR-sponsored excursion to watch the Columbus Clippers minor-league baseball team take on the Indianapolis Indians.
A few special features of this year’s program include:

  • A roundtable on “Secrecy and Declassification in Foreign Policy Records” will be held on Thursday afternoon, 26 June. 
  • The Thursday evening plenary session will feature a reception and the long-awaited and much anticipated debut of Doug Little and Steve Rabe’s multimedia retrospective on their SHAFR Conference experiences, “Dorm Rooms, Cafeterias, and Low-Rent Hotels We Have Known.” 
  • Clea Bunch will speak on “Hijab, Handshakes, and Haram: The Challenges of Conducting Research in the Middle East” for the Women Historians in SHAFR Breakfast on Friday, 27 June. 
  • The Friday morning session block features a roundtable organized by the SHAFR Teaching Committee titled “Teaching with Images and Multimedia: Perspectives from Ohio State’s Goldberg Center and Elsewhere.”
  • SHAFR president Tom Schwartz will deliver his presidential address, “‘Winning an election is terribly important, Henry’: Thinking about Domestic Politics and U.S. Foreign Relations,” at the Friday luncheon.
  • The first session block on Friday afternoon will feature a roundtable on “Integrating Intelligence History in Academe and Government.”
  • SHAFR’s Ad Hoc Committee on the Status of Women will present its report in a roundtable titled “Is SHAFR Sexist?” scheduled for late Friday afternoon.  The committee hopes to post the report on the SHAFR website before the conference.
  • Friday evening will feature a second plenary session.  John Yoo of the Bolt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, will speak on “Presidential Power and the War on Terrorism.”
  • All graduate students are invited to attend a Saturday morning breakfast session (starting at 7:30 a.m.) featuring a panel on job prospects titled “Don’t Put All Your Eggs into Academia’s Basket.”  
  • Among the sessions slated for Saturday morning, 28 June is a roundtable devoted to “Reevaluating the Study of U.S.-East Asian Relations: Sources, Approaches, and Pedagogy.”
  • Saturday’s luncheon speaker will be Congressman Joe Sestak (D-PA), whose address is titled “The National Security Challenges Facing America.”  The luncheon runs from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

In addition to the sessions highlighted above, the program offers attendees panels devoted to a variety of chronological and geographical topics.  We are very excited about the breadth of this year’s program and hope you’ll join us for SHAFR 2008 in Columbus.
Ann Heiss
Amy Sayward