Lecture, Virtual Event     Series: Hatfield Lecture Series

An Evening with Yamiche Alcindor

$30 / $25 for OHS Members / $75 Patron

Monday, October 25, 2021
7PM – 8:30PM

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  • Researchers

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Event Type: Lecture, Virtual EventAudience(s): Teachers, Researchers

The Oregon Historical Society is thrilled to kick-off the 2022 Mark O. Hatfield Lecture Series with a virtual presentation by PBS NewsHour White House Correspondent Yamiche Alcindor. In her presentation, “Truth in Journalism: Reporting on Politics and Identity in America,” Alcindor looks at the current political issues facing the United States and shares her experiences reporting on international, national, and local dynamics. She offers her observations on the White House and Washington politics, her thoughts on how social justice issues are affecting the country’s future, and her analysis of the latest stories surrounding elections.

Ability Accommodation Information

This event provides the following accommodations:

  • Handicap Accessible

Alcindor also talks about how her decision to pursue journalism came at 16 years old when she learned the tragic truth about the 1955 murder of Emmett Till and the launch of the civil rights movement. She also discusses how economic and racial segregation have affected America and how her own story — that of a young woman whose family immigrated to the U.S. from Haiti in the 1970s — has influenced how she covers the world as a journalist.

OHS members will receive an email on Tuesday, September 28, 2021, with a link to access discounted member pricing. If you do not receive this email or have any issues purchasing tickets, please contact hatfieldseries@ohs.org. Members who purchase tickets will be entered into a daily drawing for a set of four books written by our 2022 Hatfield Series speakers during the three day presale (September 2830, 2021).

About Yamiche Alcindor

Regarded as one of the most respected voices in journalism today, Yamiche Alcindor is known for her command of public policy issues and her intrepid work as a member of the White House press corps. During a career that includes writing for USA Today and the New York Times, Alcindor has covered some of the most momentous political stories of our time. As the White House correspondent for PBS NewsHour and a NBC and MSNBC Political Contributor, Alcindor methodically unravels the steady stream of breaking news to help listeners make sense of it all. In May 2021, Alcindor was named as the ninth moderator in the 54-year history of Washington Week, which is the longest running primetime news and analysis program on television.

The daughter of Haitian immigrants who met while attending Boston College, Alcindor has written extensively on the intersection of race and politics. Alcindor earned a bachelor's degree in English, government, and African American studies from Georgetown University and a master's degree in broadcast news and documentary filmmaking from New York University. She is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions for her work, including the 2020 Aldo Beckman Award from the White House Correspondents' Association for Overall Excellence in White House Coverage and the 2020 Gwen Ifill Award from the International Women's Media Foundation.

About the Mark O. Hatfield Lecture Series

For twenty-four 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 and authors David McCullough, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Cokie Roberts, and Isabel Wilkerson.

OHS will unveil the 2022 Hatfield Series speaker line-up in mid-October; tickets go on sale to OHS members on Tuesday, October 26, 2021, at 10am and to the public on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, at 10am. Lectures take place at 7pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in downtown Portland. Not a member but do not want to miss out on discounted tickets and early seat selection? Join today!

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  • Raymond and Mary Hull Caballero
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  • Maria Hall and Walt McMonies
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  • Elizabeth King and Rick Brandeburg
  • Marianne King
  • Kathy Moyd
  • Richard and Sarah Munro
  • Lynn and Steve Pratt
  • Dana Rasmussen
  • Jeannie and Leonard Santos
  • Dori Schnitzer and Mark Brown
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  • Kay Stepp and Garry Bullard
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