Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Important 2020 Hatfield Lecture Series Update

The Oregon Historical Society has rescheduled all lectures in the 2020 Mark O. Hatfield Lecture Series to fall 2020 and spring 2021 in response to the Governor’s executive order to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in 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 each year for powerful, thought-provoking evenings of historical discovery. We look forward to gathering together with you and hearing from our highly anticipated 2020 speakers when it is safe to do so.

A Message to Current Ticket Holders:

If you have already purchased tickets, please keep your original tickets for these rescheduled events. Your original tickets will still be valid for admission on the new dates with the exception of the Erika Lee lecture, which is now taking place at the Keller Auditorium, as the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall will be under construction from June 1 to September 30, 2020. Portland'5 will deliver new tickets (comparable seating) in the same method that you originally purchased your tickets (by mail or electronically) for the September 8, 2020, lecture with Erika Lee. If you have questions or concerns about your tickets, please contact Portland'5 at and include “Erika Lee” in the subject line.

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 choose to refund your tickets, the following options are available to you:

  • If you purchased series tickets and would like a single lecture refunded, please contact Portland’5 at or 503.248.4910. Layoffs has reduced this team to two people, so please allow them extra time to get back to you.
  • If you purchased series tickets or single lecture tickets and would like a full refund, please contact TicketsWest at 800.273.1530.

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!

Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, literary scholar, journalist, cultural critic and institution builder, Professor Gates has authored seventeen books and created fourteen documentary films.

Host of the popular show Finding Your Roots, Professor Gates is one of the United States' most influential cultural critics and is both an eloquent commentator and formidable intellectual force on multicultural and African American issues. Professor Gates is Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford African American Studies Center, the first comprehensive scholarly online resource in the field of African American studies and Africana studies. His six-part PBS documentary series, The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross (2013), which he wrote, executive produced, and hosted, earned the Emmy Award for Outstanding Historical Program — Long Form, as well as the Peabody Award and NAACP Image Award.

In 2019, he released the New York Times bestseller Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow. This book is a profound new rendering of the struggle by African Americans for equality after the Civil War and the violent counter-revolution that re-subjugated them, as seen through the prism of the war of images and ideas that have left an enduring racist stain on the American mind.

Having written for such leading publications as The New Yorker, the New York Times, and TIME,Professor Gates now serves as editor-in-chief of, a daily online magazine. He is also the author of Finding Your Roots: The Official Companion to the PBS Series, released by the University of North Carolina Press in 2014.

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)–Keller Auditorium
    America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States
  • Henry Louis Gates, Jr. - October 27, 2020 (originally April 7, 2020)
    Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow
  • Evan Thomas - January 12, 2021 (originally March 17, 2020)
    First: Sandra Day O’Connor
  • Joanne B. Freeman - March 16, 2021 (originally March 17, 2020)
    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.

Arts for All Tickets: Show your Oregon Trail Card in person at the Portland’5 Box Office to purchase $5 tickets to individual lectures in the Mark O. Hatfield Lecture Series.

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