Lecture, Attend In Person or Online     Series: Hatfield Lecture Series

Douglas Brinkley



Tuesday, April 18, 2023
7PM – 8:30PM

  • Teachers
  • Researchers

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
1037 SW Broadway Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97205
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Event Type: Lecture, Attend In Person or OnlineAudience(s): Teachers, ResearchersLocation: Portland

Silent Spring Revolution: John F. Kennedy, Rachel Carson, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, and the Great Environmental Awakening

Douglas Brinkley is the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Chair in Humanities and a professor of history at Rice University, the CNN Presidential Historian, and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. He works in many capacities in the world of public history, including on boards, museums, colleges, and historical societies. The Chicago Tribune dubbed him “America’s New Past Master.” The New-York Historical Society has chosen Brinkley as their official U.S. Presidential Historian.

Ability Accommodation Information

This event provides the following accommodations:

  • Handicap Accessible

In his most recent book, Silent Spring Revolution, Brinkley chronicles the rise of environmental activism during the Long Sixties, telling a highly charged story of an indomitable generation of activists who combated environmental destruction under the leadership of John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, and Richard Nixon. In a fast-evolving era when the nation is witnessing new types of environmental crises due to climate change and resource exhaustion, Brinkley’s meticulously researched and deftly written book reminds readers of the passionate grassroots work that still needs to be done.

His book American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race was a New York Times bestseller. In addition, Cronkite won the Sperber Prize while The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast received the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. He has received a Grammy Award for Presidential Suite and seven honorary doctorates in American Studies. His two-volume annotated The Nixon Tapes recently won the Arthur S. Link — Warren F. Kuehl Prize. He is a member of the Century Association, Council of Foreign Relations, and the James Madison Council of the Library of Congress. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and three children.

Silent Spring Revolution (cover)

About the Mark O. Hatfield Lecture Series

For twenty-five years, the Oregon Historical Society has presented the Mark O. Hatfield Lecture Series, bringing together the nation’s top historians and award-winning authors for thought-provoking evenings of history. The series began at the suggestion of Senator Hatfield and continues as a tribute to his legacy of public service and as an opportunity to share stories of the people and events that have shaped history. Past speakers include notable historians and authors Heather Cox Richardson, David McCullough, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Jon Meacham, Cokie Roberts, and Isabel Wilkerson.

2022 Hatfield lectures will be re-aired on select weekends to ticketholders throughout the summer; visit our ticketing page to learn more and purchase tickets for $25.

Series Kick-Off Event

Doris Kearns Goodwin. Photo by Annie Leibovitz.

Doris Kearns Goodwin

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 and President Lyndon B. Johnson

Join us for the kick-off to the 2023 Hatfield Lecture Series with presidential historian and bestselling author Doris Kearns Goodwin, who will present a talk on the Voting Rights Act and President Lyndon B. Johnson written exclusively for the Hatfield series!

2023 Series Speakers

Nina Totenberg

Nina Totenberg

Dinners with Ruth: A Memoir on the Power of Friendships

Nina Totenberg is National Public Radio’s award-winning legal affairs correspondent. The first radio journalist to win the “Broadcaster of the Year” award, Totenberg shines a light on the inner workings of the nation’s highest court and helps audiences understand the impact of major judicial cases on America’s future.

Mae Ngai

Mae Ngai

The Chinese Question: The Gold Rushes and Global Politics

Mae Ngai is the Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies and a professor of history at Columbia University. She is a U.S. legal and political historian interested in the histories of immigration, citizenship, nationalism, and the Chinese diaspora.

Douglas Brinkley

Douglas Brinkley

Silent Spring Revolution: John F. Kennedy, Rachel Carson, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, and the Great Environmental Awakening

Douglas Brinkley is the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Chair in Humanities and a professor of history at Rice University, the CNN Presidential Historian, and a contributing editor at “Vanity Fair.” He works in many capacities of public history, including on boards, museums, colleges, and historical societies.

Peniel E Joseph

Peniel E. Joseph

The Third Reconstruction: America’s Struggle for Racial Justice in the Twenty-First Century

Peniel E. Joseph is Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at the University of Texas at Austin. He holds a joint professorship appointment at the LBJ School of Public Affairs as the Barbara Jordan Chair in Ethics and Political Values, and in history at the College of Liberal Arts.

Tickets and Pricing

Member presale for the season kick-off event on Tuesday, October 18 with Doris Kearns Goodwin is on now. Public sale begins Wednesday, August 17 at 10am.

Tickets to the four-part series go on sale to members on Thursday, October 20 and to the public on Thursday, November 10.

MEMBERS: OHS members were sent an email on August 2 with details on how to access members-only pricing for Doris Kearns Goodwin. If you did not receive this email, please email HatfieldSeries@ohs.org or 503.306.5220. Not a member? Join today to access discounted pricing.

Updated Health & Safety Guidelines (as of July 20, 2022)

Please note that in accordance with current statewide health and safety guidelines, masks are currently not required for these programs. OHS encourages and supports those who do choose to wear a mask at these programs, understanding that many individuals continue to do so due to underlying health conditions that make them more vulnerable to COVID-19 or out of consideration for others. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test are still required to attend these events.

Accessible Ticket Options

Student Tickets: Discounted tickets are available for students for $10. Bring your student photo ID to the Portland’5 Box Office to purchase tickets.

Arts for All Tickets: Discounted tickets are available for Oregon Trail Card holders through the Arts for All program for $5. Bring your Oregon Trail Card to the Portland’5 Box Office to purchase tickets.

Purchase a Signed Book

Copies of each speaker’s latest book (which include a signed bookplate) will be available for purchase before and after each lecture in the lobby of the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. You can also visit the OHS Museum Store Monday through Saturday 10am to 5pm or Sunday 12pm to 5pm or place your order by emailing museumstore@ohs.org or calling 503.306.5230. All purchases in the OHS Museum Store support the Oregon Historical Society’s mission.

Sponsorship Opportunities Available!

Interested in sponsoring the 2023 Hatfield Lecture Series? Contact Ali Griffin at ali.griffin@ohs.org or 503.306.5258.

Series Sponsors

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  • J & S Bishop Fund of OCF
  • Stephen Brown and Kimberly Crouch
  • Devil’s Food Catering and James Fowler
  • Kathy Eaton
  • Financial Fitness Association
  • Fred and Patricia Granum
  • Maria Hall and Walter McMonies
  • Elizabeth King and Rick Brandeburg
  • Marianne King
  • Richard and Sarah Munro
  • Pete and Chris Nickerson
  • Jeannie and Leonard Santos
  • Dori Schnitzer and Mark Brown
  • Snell & Wilmer
  • Kay Stepp
  • Robert and Barre Stoll
  • William and Julie Valach
  • Carole Ann White
  • Bryan and Maureen Wolf