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.
Ability Accommodation Information
This event provides the following accommodations:
- Handicap Accessible
Series Kick-Off Event
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Tickets for the season kick-off event on Tuesday, October 18 with Doris Kearns Goodwin are on sale now.
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 call 503.306.5220. Not a member? Join today to access discounted pricing.
Listed prices are for Doris Kearns Goodwin ONLY. Tickets to the four-part series go on sale to members on Thursday, October 20 and to the public on Thursday, November 3.
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 14 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.
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 email@example.com or calling 503.306.5230. All purchases in the OHS Museum Store support the Oregon Historical Society’s mission.
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Hatfield Historians Forum Recorded Lectures, 2015 – 2018
Annette Gordon-Reed (2018)
Annette Gordon-Reed is the Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law
H.W. Brands (2017)
Henry William Brands was born in Oregon, went to college in California, sold cutlery across...
An Evening with Teddy Roosevelt 2016
Joe Wiegand is regarded as our nation’s premier Theodore Roosevelt recreator. A political...
Candice Millard is a former writer and editor for National Geographic magazine. Her first...
Simon Winchester, best-selling author, journalist, and broadcaster, has worked as a foreign...
Rick Atkinson on World War II
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