Lecture     Series: Hatfield Lecture Series

Mark O. Hatfield Lecture Series

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Individual tickets $30 – $80 ($25 – $75 for OHS members)

Tuesday, September 8 – Tuesday, March 16, 2021

  • Family-friendly
  • Teachers

Virtual and/or at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

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Event Type: LectureAudience(s): Family-friendly, Teachers

About the Mark O. Hatfield Lecture Series

For twenty-two years, 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 David McCullough and Doris Kearns Goodwin, late broadcast journalist Cokie Roberts, and authors Isabel Wilkerson and Jon Meacham.

Ability Accommodation Information

This event provides the following accommodations:

  • Handicap Accessible

Important Hatfield Lecture Series Update

We are excited to share that our rescheduled fall 2020 Mark O. Hatfield Lecture Series events with Erika Lee and Henry Louis Gates, Jr., will be virtual. While we are disappointed that we cannot share these insightful evenings of history in person, we know that this move to a virtual format is in the best interest of the health and safety of our members and ticket buyers. We are grateful for your continued support as we navigate and adapt to new realities and ways of virtually engaging with our highly anticipated Hatfield speakers during a pandemic.

Much has changed about our daily lives — and yet the mission and vision of the Oregon Historical Society remain steady. Ticket revenue from the Hatfield Lecture Series is a significant source of operating revenue for the Society, and in this moment when COVID-19 has reduced or threatened multiple revenue sources, your support helps OHS continue to meet the new needs of our community. Thank you to our sponsors, series subscribers, and ticket buyers for your loyal support to grow this series and bring the nation’s top scholars to Oregon audiences each year for powerful, thought-provoking evenings of historical discovery.

Series Speakers

Erika Lee

Erika Lee

(originally April 28, 2020)
Presented virtually via Zoom

America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States

One of the nation’s leading immigration and Asian American historians, Erika Lee is the author of four notable books, including America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States and The Making of Asian America.

Event recording will be available for ticketholders until October 8, 2020.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

(originally April 7, 2020)
Presented virtually via Zoom

Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is the director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University, host of Finding Your Roots, and author of Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow.

Event recording will be available for ticketholders until November 27, 2020.

Evan Thomas

Evan Thomas

(originally March 17, 2020)
Location TBD: Virtual and/or at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

First: Sandra Day O’Connor

Evan Thomas is the author of ten books including New York Times bestsellers Being Nixon, John Paul Jones, Sea of Thunder, and First: Sandra Day O’Connor. For 33 years, Thomas was a writer, correspondent, and editor at TIME and Newsweek.

Joanne B. Freeman. Photo by Beowulf Sheehan

Joanne B. Freeman

(originally March 17, 2020)
Location TBD: Virtual and/or at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War

Joanne B. Freeman is an expert on early American politics. Her newest book, The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War, explores the impact and legacies of physical violence in the U.S. Congress leading up to the Civil War.

New Benefits for Hatfield Lecture Series Patron & Reserved Ticket Holders

The Oregon Historical Society has created exclusive virtual benefits in gratitude for your patron or reserved level ticket purchase.

Private Roundtable Discussions

In the days following each lecture, we invite patron and reserved level ticket holders to be our guest at private, topic-specific virtual roundtable discussions with local historians.

  • Reflection Roundtable: Xenophobia in Oregon
    Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 5pm
    Presented by Jennifer Fang, Johanna Ogden, and Sankar Raman, and Jo Ogden, moderated by Eliza E. Canty-Jones

OHS will send a link via email with details on how to join the event the morning before the discussion. We look forward to announcing future post-lecture roundtable discussions soon!

Historians and the News

Patron level tickets holders will also receive complimentary tickets to a new virtual program series, “Historians and the News.” Today more than ever, news sources often call on historians to speak to the present, and sometimes even to predict the future. These discussions between nationally renowned historians promises to offer valuable insights into the meaning of news stories that fill our screens and newspaper pages.

As historians, Dr. Lee, Dr. Freeman, and Dr. Nichols rely on archival institutions like OHS to do their research, and so they have graciously donated their time to develop these programs to sustain the important work of OHS. This is a free event with a suggested donation of $25 for members and $35 for non-members; complimentary for Hatfield patrol level ticket holders. To make this important conversation accessible to all, we ask that you contribute what you can. Your donation goes directly to the OHS Pandemic Survival Fund to help replace revenue OHS has lost as a result of COVID-19.

Purchase a Signed Book

If you are interested in purchasing any of the 2020 Hatfield Lecture Series speakers’ latest books (which will include a signed bookplate while supplies last), please contact that OHS Museum Store to place your order at 503.306.5230 or by emailing museumstore@ohs.org.

Download the 2020 Mark O. Hatfield Lecture Series Program (PDF)

A Message to Current Ticket Holders:

Please keep your original tickets for these rescheduled events. Should we be able to gather in person in the new year, your original tickets will still be valid for admission. The decision to hold these programs in person and/or virtually will be made in accordance with the guidelines of local health authorities; OHS will update ticket holders a least one month in advance of the event once the location has been set. For virtual lectures, OHS will send an email with a unique link to attend the program. You may access the gathering 30 minutes prior to the start of each lecture. If you are unable to attend the live broadcast of a lecture, we will provide access to a recording of each program to ticket holders. These recordings will be available for 30 days after the lecture. We will send access information to all ticket holders via email following the live lecture.

If you cannot attend a lecture, please consider donating your tickets or sharing them with a loved one. Our friends at Portland'5 have faced serious layoffs. Ticket sales directly affect their ability to bring their staff back to work, which helps our community thrive and maintains our elegant arts venues. Your ticket purchase for the Hatfield Lecture Series also supports critical operational costs for the Oregon Historical Society. 

If you wish to donate your tickets and receive a receipt for tax purposes, please email orhist@ohs.org with details on which ticket you wish to donate.

If you choose to refund your tickets, you may do so until 10 days before the lecture. Refunds will not be given after this time. Please contact Portland’5 at info@portland5.com or 503.248.4910 for partial series or individual lecture refunds. Layoffs have reduced this team to two people, so please allow them extra time to get back to you.

Thank you for supporting these nights of inspiring and engaging historical perspective—and for all you do for the Oregon Historical Society and our community!

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