Lecture, Special Event     Series: Hatfield Lecture Series

Annette Gordon-Reed

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018
7PM – 8:30PM

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  • Teachers

First Congregational United Church of Christ
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Portland, Oregon 97205
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Event Type: Lecture, Special EventAudience(s): Family-friendly, TeachersLocation: Portland

Most Blessed of the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination

Annette Gordon-Reed is the Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School and a professor of history in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. She won the Pulitzer Prize in History in 2009 for The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family. Her most recently published book (with Peter S. Onuf) is “Most Blessed of the Patriarchs”: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination. Her honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship in the humanities, a MacArthur Fellowship, the National Humanities Medal, and the National Book Award, among others.

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“Most Blessed of the Patriarchs”: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination, by Annette Gordon-Reed

2018 Series Speakers

Taylor Branch. Photo by J. Brough Schamp

Taylor Branch

The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement

Over the course of his storied career, author and historian Taylor Branch has won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Lifetime Achievement Award, and a National Humanities Medal. His landmark narrative history of the Civil Rights Era, America in the King Years, has been compared with other epic histories such as Shelby Foote’s The Civil War and Robert Caro’s multi-volume biography of Lyndon Johnson. The King-era trilogy required more than twenty-four years of intensive research as Branch sought to illuminate not only the life of the man, but also the times in which he lived.

Bob Woodward

Bob Woodward

The Last of the President’s Men

Bob Woodward is an associate editor of The Washington Post, where he has worked since 1971. He has shared in two Pulitzer Prizes, first in 1973 for the coverage of the Watergate scandal with Carl Bernstein, and second in 2002 as the lead reporter for coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He is the author of 18 national best-selling books, with twelve of them number one best-sellers. In his latest book, The Last of the President’s Men, Woodward reveals the untold story of Alexander Butterfield, the Nixon aide who disclosed the secret White House taping system that changed history and led to Nixon’s resignation.

Jon Meacham. Photo by Gasper Tringale

Jon Meacham

Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush

Presidential historian, Pulitzer Prize-winner, and contributor to TIME and The New York Times Book Review, Jon Meacham is one of America's most prominent public intellectuals. A regular guest on Morning Joe, he is known as a skilled raconteur with a depth of knowledge about politics, religion, and current affairs. Meacham’s latest biography, Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, debuted at number one on The New York Times best-sellers list. Meacham is a Distinguished Visiting Professor of History at The University of the South and a Visiting Distinguished Professor at Vanderbilt.

About the Forum

For 20 years, the Oregon Historical Society has presented the Mark O. Hatfield Distinguished Historians Forum, bringing together the nation’s top scholars and award-winning authors for thought-provoking evenings of history.

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