Lecture, Virtual Event     Series: Hatfield Lecture Series

Joanne B. Freeman: Virtual Hatfield Lecture

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

Tuesday, March 16, 2021
7PM – 8:30PM

  • Teachers
  • Family-friendly

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Event Type: Lecture, Virtual EventAudience(s): Teachers, Family-friendly

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

Joanne B. Freeman, a professor of history and American studies at Yale University, is a leading expert on early American politics and culture. The author of the award-winning Affairs of Honor: National Politics in the New Republic, and editor of Alexander Hamilton: Writings and The Essential Hamilton, readers know Freeman best for her expertise in dirty, nasty politics.

Her most recent book, The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War—a New York Times notable book of 2018 and a finalist for the Lincoln Prize—explores the impact and legacies of physical violence in the U.S. Congress in the decades leading up to the Civil War.

Ability Accommodation Information

This event provides the following accommodations:

  • Handicap Accessible

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

Long committed to public-minded history, she has been a historical advisor for writers, documentary filmmakers, the National Park Service, and a playwright; Lin-Manuel Miranda used her work in writing Broadway’s Hamilton. She was also the historical advisor for the immersive exhibit on Hamilton and his world that opened in Chicago in April 2019, produced by the play’s creators.

A co-host of the popular American history podcast BackStory, she is a frequent commentator on PBS, NPR, CNN, the BBC, and MSNBC. She has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, theWall Street Journal, and Atlantic Magazine, among other publications. The winner of multiple teaching awards at Yale, her online course, The American Revolutionhas been viewed by hundreds of thousands of people in homes and classrooms around the world.


Important Hatfield Lecture Series Update

We are excited to share that our 2020 Mark O. Hatfield Lecture Series will be presented virtually. 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)
Virtual program

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 available to ticketholders until October 8, 2020, at midnight.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

(originally April 7, 2020)
Virtual program

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 available to ticketholders until November 27, 2020, at midnight.

Evan Thomas

Evan Thomas

(originally March 17, 2020)
Virtual program

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)
Virtual program

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.

  • Historians and the News: Reflections on Xenophobia, Politics, and Living in a Historic Moment
    Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 5pm
    A conversation between Dr. Erika Lee and Dr. Christopher McKnight Nichols
    Event recording available to ticketholders until November 14, 2020, at midnight.

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. These are free events 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, or visit the OHS Museum Store in person Wednesday – Saturday from 10am – 5pm and Sunday from 12pm – 5pm.

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

A Message to Current Ticket Holders:

If you purchased tickets to any of the event in this series when it was originally scheduled to be held in person, these tickets will grant you access to the virtual lectures. OHS will send an email one week prior to each lecture with a link and unique password to attend the program. You may access the gathering 15 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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