Miller Center

Public Programs

The Miller Center has been a central gathering place for nonpartisan public discussion since its founding more than 30 years ago. It has held almost 2,000 forums in total, as well as regular public conferences, and three seasons of a National Discussion and Debate Series.


The Miller Center Forum presents more than 60 speakers each year, drawn from high-ranking public officials and others involved in shaping public policy, from the academy, and from journalists covering national and international events. Forums attract a large audience of faculty, students, and interested citizens. They offer a unique opportunity for speakers to engage in stimulating public policy discussions in a beautiful setting that encourages direct interaction between speaker and audience. The Miller Center's John and Rosemary Galbraith Forum Room is modeled on the Virginia House of Burgesses and allows participants to fully engage in the dialogue. This approach, evocative of a time when speakers spoke directly to their audience, actively fosters personal engagement in our country's public affairs. Forum Schedule | Full Archive of Forum Webcasts

National Discussion and Debate Series

The Miller Center launched its a National Discussion and Debate Series in 2007, enlisting prominent national civic leaders from government, academia, and the business world to discuss issues of national importance to the governance of the country. Produced by MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, an award-winning leader in public affairs broadcasting, the Debates air on public television stations, including the PBS World digital channel, and public radio. They are webcast live and video, transcripts, research, white papers, and high school and college lesson plans are available on the Debate topics. The conversation continues on YouTube, Facebook, and MySpace.

Season 1 (2007–08): Season 2 (2009): Season 3 (2010):

Public Conferences

The Miller Center holds regular conferences for discussion of important matters facing the nation. Recent conferences have examined topics ranging from education, to terrorism, to the role of White House Counsel.

The University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs, following Jefferson's vision of the University's public service mission, is a leading public policy institution that serves as a national meeting place where engaged citizens, scholars, students, media representatives and government officials gather in a spirit of nonpartisan consensus to research, reflect and report on issues of national importance to the governance of the United States, with special attention to the central role and history of the presidency.
Miller Center Mission