Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

Evan Thomas

Important 2020 Hatfield Lecture Series Update

We are excited to share that our rescheduled fall 2020 Mark O. Hatfield Lecture Series events with Erika Lee and Henry Louis Gates, Jr., will now be shared with our community in a virtual format. 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 has a significant impact on our work, 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.

A Message to Current Ticket Holders:

If you have already purchased tickets, please keep your original tickets for these rescheduled events, as your original tickets will still be valid for admission on the new dates for Evan Thomas and Joanne Freeman. For Erika Lee and Henry Louis Gates, Jr., which have moved to virtual formats, OHS will send an email with a unique link to attend the virtual lecture. You may access the gathering 30 minutes prior to the start of each lecture. If you are unable to attend the September 8 virtual event live, Erika Lee has graciously agreed to make her lecture available to ticketholders for 30 days after the lecture. We will send access information to those who do not log onto the live event 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 impact 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 operational costs for the Oregon Historical Society. 

If you wish to donate your tickets and receive a receipt for tax purposes, please email with details on which ticket you wish to donate.

If you purchased series tickets or single lecture tickets and would like a full refund, please contact Portland’5 at or 503.248.4910. 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!

First: Sandra Day O’Connor

Evan Thomas is the author of ten books: The Wise Men (with Walter Isaacson), The Man to SeeThe Very Best MenRobert KennedyJohn Paul JonesSea of ThunderThe War LoversIke’s BluffBeing Nixon, and First: Sandra Day O’ConnorBeing NixonJohn Paul JonesSea of Thunder, and First were New York Times bestsellers. For 33 years, Thomas was a writer, correspondent, and editor at TIME and Newsweek, including ten years (1986–1996) as Washington bureau chief at Newsweek, where he wrote more than one hundred cover stories and at the time of his retirement in 2010 was editor-at-large. He has appeared on many TV and radio talk shows, including Meet the PressCBS Morning NewsMorning Joe, and The Colbert Report. The author of dozens of book reviews for the New York Times and the Washington Post, Thomas has taught writing and journalism at Harvard and Princeton, where, from 2007 to 2014, he was Ferris Professor of Journalism.

2020 Mark O. Hatfield Lecture Series

For over 20 years, the Oregon Historical Society has presented the Mark O. Hatfield Lecture Series, bringing together the nation’s top scholars and award-winning authors for thought-provoking evenings of history.

2020 Mark O. Hatfield Lecture Series Speakers:

  • Erika Lee - September 8, 2020 (originally April 28, 2020)–Virtual Lecture
    America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States
  • Henry Louis Gates, Jr. - October 27, 2020 (originally April 7, 2020)–Virtual Lecture
    Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow
  • Evan Thomas - January 12, 2021 (originally March 17, 2020)–Virtual and/or at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
    First: Sandra Day O’Connor
  • Joanne B. Freeman - March 16, 2021 (originally March 17, 2020)–Virtual and/or at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
    The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War

Series tickets ($90–$300 | $80–$270 for OHS members) and individual speaker tickets ($30–$80 | $25–$75 for OHS members) are on sale now.

MEMBERS: If you have not received an email containing details on how to access members-only pricing, please contact us at or 503.222.1741. Not a member? Join today to receive discounted pricing.

OHS will send an email with a unique link to attend the virtual lecture one week prior to the event.

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