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

Erik Larson

MEMBERS: OHS members received an email on Friday, October 22, 2021, with details on how to access members-only pricing. If you do not have this email, please contact us at HatfieldSeries@ohs.org or 503.306.5220. Not a member? Join today to access discounted pricing.

Series tickets are on sale now. Single lecture tickets go on sale January 17, 2022. / Virtual-only tickets available here.

Tuesday, March 1, 2022
7PM – 8:30PM

  • Teachers
  • Researchers
  • Family-friendly

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
1037 SW Broadway Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97205
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The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During The Blitz

Erik Larson is a master of narrative nonfiction. His vividly written, bestselling books have won several awards and been published worldwide. His critically acclaimed book, The Devil in the White City, inter­twines the stories of the Chicago 1893 World’s Fair and one of America’s worst serial killers. It remained on the New York Times bestseller lists for a combined total of over six years, and in 2020, the New York Public Library voted it one of the 125 most important books of the last 125 years.

Ability Accommodation Information

This event provides the following accommodations:

  • Handicap Accessible

His latest book, The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During The Blitz, a biography of Winston Churchill’s first year as prime minister, is a New York Times Notable Book of 2020 and a Kirkus Best Book of 2020. In The Splendid and the Vile, Larson shows, in cinematic detail, how Churchill taught the British people “the art of being fearless.” It is a story of political brinkmanship, but it is also an intimate domestic drama, set against the backdrop of Churchill’s prime-ministerial country home, Chequers; his wartime retreat, Ditchley; and 10 Downing Street in London. Drawing on diaries, original archival documents, and once-secret intelligence reports — some released only recently — Larson provides a new lens on London’s darkest year through the day-to-day experience of Churchill and his family.

Larson graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied Russian history, language, and culture. He received a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. After a brief stint at the Bucks County Courier Times, Larson became a staff writer for The Wall Street Journal and later a contributing writer for Time magazine. He has written articles for The Atlantic, Harper’s, The New Yorker, and other publica­tions. He has taught nonfiction writing at San Francisco State, the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars, and the University of Oregon.

The Splendid and the Vile Book Cover

About the Mark O. Hatfield Lecture Series

For over two decades, the Oregon Historical Society’s Mark O. Hatfield Lecture Series has earned a reputation for hosting America’s most prominent historians, biographers, and public officials. 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 American history. Past speakers include notable historians and authors David McCullough, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Cokie Roberts, and Isabel Wilkerson.

2022 Series Speakers

Fredrik Logevall. Courtesy All American Entertainment.

Fredrik Logevall

JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century, 1917–1956

Fredrik Logevall is an award-winning historian and prolific writer on the Vietnam War and its legacy. His most recent book, JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century, 1917–1956, is a sweeping, revelatory biography that takes readers as close as they have ever been to the real John F. Kennedy.

Erik Larson. Photo by Bill Hayes.

Erik Larson

The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During The Blitz

Erik Larson is a master of narrative nonfiction whose vividly written, bestselling books have won several awards and been published worldwide. His latest book, The Splendid and the Vile, is a biography of Winston Churchill’s first year as prime minister.

Heather Cox Richardson. Courtesy Oxford University Press.

Heather Cox Richardson

How the South Won the Civil War: Oligarchy, Democracy and the Continuing Fight for the Soul of America

Heather Cox Richardson is professor of history at Boston College and an expert on American political and economic history. She is the author of six books on American politics including, most recently, How the South Won the Civil War.

Annette Gordon-Reed

Annette Gordon-Reed

On Juneteenth

Annette Gordon-Reed is a professor of history at Harvard University. Her latest book, On Juneteenth, sets out to capture the integral importance of the holiday to American history.

Tickets and Pricing

Series tickets are on sale now. Single lecture tickets go on sale January 17, 2022.

MEMBERS: OHS members will receive an email on Friday, October 22, 2021, with details on how to access members-only pricing. If you do not receive this email, please contact us at HatfieldSeries@ohs.org or 503.306.5220. Not a member? Join today to access discounted pricing.

Level

Series

Member
Series

Single
Lecture
Ticket

Member
Single Lecture
Ticket

Patron
Front Orchestra / Dress Circle
includes access to exclusive post-lecture receptions with speakers

$350

$305

$111

$100

Reserved
Mid-Orchestra / Front Mezzanine

$212

$182

$76

$66

General
Back Orchestra / Back Mezzanine

$126

$106

$46

$36

Virtual-Only

$115

 $100

$30

 $25

In person tickets can be purchased at portland5.com and in person at the Portland'5 Box Office. Series ticket prices include all third-party service and order fees. For in person single lecture tickets, a $5 processing fee will be added by Portland'5 at checkout.

Virtual-only tickets can be purchased through OHS here. Virtual ticketholders will be able to livestream the event as well as have access to a recording.

All ticketholders will be emailed a recording of the lecture (closed captioning included) 48 hours after the event. The recording will be available for 21 days.

All sales are final. If you wish to donate your tickets and receive a receipt for tax purposes, please email HatfieldSeries@ohs.org with details on which ticket(s) you wish to donate.

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.

Educators: For discounted student rates, please contact HatfieldSeries@ohs.org.

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 speakers’ latest book (which include a signed bookplate) will be available for purchase before or 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 2022 Hatfield Lecture Series? Contact Ali Griffin at ali.griffin@ohs.org or 503.306.5258.

Series Sponsors

Associate

  • Anonymous
  • The Acorn Fund of OCF
  • Stephen Brown and Kimberly Crouch
  • Raymond and Mary Hull Caballero
  • California Oregon Broadcasting, Inc.
  • Devil's Food Catering
  • Verne A. Duncan
  • Kathy Eaton
  • Financial Fitness Association
  • Fred and Patricia Granum
  • Richard H. Meeker and Ellen Rosenblum
  • Maria Hall and Walt McMonies
  • John and Sara Hortenstine
  • Elizabeth King and Rick Brandeburg
  • Marianne King
  • Kathy Moyd
  • Richard and Sarah Munro
  • Charles and Ruth Poindexter
  • Lynn and Steve Pratt
  • Dana Rasmussen
  • Jeannie and Leonard Santos
  • Dori Schnitzer and Mark Brown
  • Snell & Wilmer
  • Kay Stepp and Garry Bullard
  • Robert and Barre Stoll
  • William and Julie Valach
  • Carole Ann White
  • Bryan and Maureen Wolf