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

Nina Totenberg

Thursday, February 2, 2023
7:30PM – 9PM

  • 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

Dinners with Ruth: A Memoir on the Power of Friendships

Nina Totenberg shines a light on the inner workings of the nation’s highest court and helps audiences understand the impact of headline-making judicial cases on America’s future. One of the country’s most respected journalists and a doyenne of the Supreme Court, Totenberg is National Public Radio’s award-winning legal affairs correspondent. With more than forty years’ experience at NPR, her reports are regularly featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition.

Ability Accommodation Information

This event provides the following accommodations:

  • Handicap Accessible

Totenberg has won every major journalism award in broadcasting and holds the distinction of being the first radio journalist to have won the National Press Foundation’s “Broadcaster of the Year” award. Referred to as “the crème de la crème” of NPR by Newsweek, Totenberg shares her seasoned reflections on the Supreme Court, top legal issues affecting everyday Americans, and the important cases being considered by the court. In-depth and wildly thought-provoking, her deep experience and nuanced perspective provides audiences insight into today’s judicial headlines like no one else can.

A tribute and testament to her nearly fifty-year friendship with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Totenberg’s memoir, Dinners With Ruth: A Memoir on the Power of Friendships, will be published by Simon & Schuster in September 2022.

Dinners with Ruth (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.

2022 Hatfield lectures will be re-aired on select weekends to ticketholders throughout the summer; visit our ticketing page to learn more and purchase tickets for $25.

Series Kick-Off Event

Doris Kearns Goodwin. Photo by Annie Leibovitz.

Doris Kearns Goodwin

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

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

Member presale for the season kick-off event on Tuesday, October 18 with Doris Kearns Goodwin is on now. Public sale begins Wednesday, August 17 at 10am.

Tickets to the four-part series go on sale to members on Thursday, October 20 and to the public on Thursday, November 10.

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 503.306.5220. Not a member? Join today to access discounted pricing.

Updated 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 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


  • J & S Bishop Fund of OCF
  • Stephen Brown and Kimberly Crouch
  • Kathy Eaton
  • Elizabeth King and Rick Brandeburg
  • Richard and Sarah Munro
  • Jeannie and Leonard Santos
  • Dori Schnitzer and Mark Brown
  • Snell & Wilmer
  • Kay Stepp
  • Robert and Barre Stoll
  • William and Julie Valach
  • Bryan and Maureen Wolf