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

Mae Ngai

Series tickets are on sale now. / Single lecture tickets go on sale Thursday, January 19, 2023, at 10am.

Tuesday, March 28, 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

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. Her latest book, The Chinese Question: The Gold Rushes and Global Politics, was winner of the 2022 Bancroft Prize. This distinguished history of the Chinese diaspora and global capitalism chronicles how a feverish alchemy of race and money brought Chinese people to the West and reshaped the nineteenth century. Drawing on ten years of research across five continents, Ngai narrates the story of the thousands of Chinese who left their homeland in pursuit of gold and how they formed communities and organizations to help navigate their perilous new world.

 
Ability Accommodation Information

This event provides the following accommodations:

  • Handicap Accessible

Ngai is author of the award-winning book Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America and The Lucky Ones: One Family and the Extraordinary Invention of Chinese America. Ngai has written on immigration history and policy for the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Atlantic, the Nation, and Dissent. Before becoming a historian, Ngai was a labor-union organizer and educator in New York City, New York, working for District 65-UAW and the Consortium for Worker Education. She is currently writing Nation of Immigrants: A Short History of an Idea (under contract with Princeton University Press). Ngai lives in New York City, New York, and Accokeek, Maryland.

The Chinese Question (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.

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

Series tickets are on sale now.

MEMBERS: OHS members were sent an email on October 19  with details on how to access members-only pricing for 2023 Hatfield Lecture Series. If you did not receive this email, please contact HatfieldSeries@ohs.org. Not a member? Join today to access discounted pricing.

Level

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Series

Member
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Non-member
Single
Ticket

Member
Single
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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
includes access to livestream

$115

 $100

$35

 $30

In-person tickets can be purchased at portland5.com, by phone at 800.915.4698, or at the Portland’5 Box Office (open Tuesday–Friday, 10am–6pm). 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. All virtual ticketholders will be able to livestream the event.

MEMBERS: OHS members were sent an email on October 19 with a link to access discounted virtual tickets; if you did not receive this link, please email HatfieldSeries@ohs.org.

Single lecture tickets go on sale Thursday, January 19, 2023, at 10am.

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

We encourage all event attendees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. We support those who choose to wear a mask due to their own underlying health conditions or out of consideration for others.

Accessible Ticket Options

Student Tickets: Discounted single lecture tickets will be available on January 19, 2023, for students for $10. Bring your student photo ID to the Portland’5 Box Office to purchase tickets.

Arts for All Tickets: Discounted series tickets are available for Oregon Trail Card holders through the Arts for All program for $20. 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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  • Raymond and Mary Hull Caballero
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  • Maria Hall and Walter McMonies
  • Irv and Gail Handelman
  • Rebecca Hill and John Parks
  • Sara L. Hortenstine
  • J & S Bishop Fund of OCF
  • Elizabeth King and Rick Brandeburg
  • Marianne King
  • William F. Martson, Jr and Jackson A. Martson
  • Gil and Peggy Miller
  • Richard and Sarah Munro
  • Pete and Chris Nickerson
  • Charles and Ruth Poindexter
  • Lynn and Steve Pratt
  • Dana Rasmussen
  • Ellen F. Rosenblum and Richard H. Meeker
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  • Dori Schnitzer and Mark Brown
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  • Kay Stepp
  • Robert and Barre Stoll
  • William and Julie Valach
  • Carole Ann White
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