Lecture     Series: Hatfield Lecture Series

Mark O. Hatfield Lecture Series

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Tuesday, February 13 – Tuesday, May 8, 2018

  • Family-friendly
  • Teachers

First Congregational United Church of Christ
1126 SW Park Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97205
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Event Type: LectureAudience(s): Family-friendly, TeachersLocation: Portland

About the Series

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

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For many years, the Oregon Historical Society's Mark O. Hatfield Lecture Series has been held at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in downtown Portland. However, with the growing popularity of the series, and the fact that the last two seasons have been sold out in record time, we are considering options for moving the series to a larger venue for 2019 in order to make these lectures more accessible to a wider audience. We invite you to give us your feedback on the series and the impacts of a potential move!

2019 Hatfield Lecture Series Venue Survey

Ability Accommodation Information

This event provides the following accommodations:

  • Handicap Accessible

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.

Annette Gordon-Reed

Annette Gordon-Reed

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.

Please Note: ALL TICKETS will be available at Will Call at the First Congregational Church beginning at 6pm the night of the first lecture, February 13, 2018. We will have your name and order information on a list at Will Call. Mailed and print at home tickets are not an option this year.

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