Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

Joanne B. Freeman

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!

The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War

Joanne B. Freeman, a professor of history and American studies at Yale University, is a leading expert on early American politics and culture. The author of the award-winning Affairs of Honor: National Politics in the New Republic, and editor of Alexander Hamilton: Writings and The Essential Hamilton, readers know Freeman best for her expertise in dirty, nasty politics.

Her most recent book, The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War—a New York Times notable book of 2018 and a finalist for the Lincoln Prize—explores the impact and legacies of physical violence in the U.S. Congress in the decades leading up to the Civil War.

Long committed to public-minded history, she has been a historical advisor for writers, documentary filmmakers, the National Park Service, and a playwright; Lin-Manuel Miranda used her work in writing Broadway’s Hamilton. She was also the historical advisor for the immersive exhibit on Hamilton and his world that opened in Chicago in April 2019, produced by the play’s creators.

A co-host of the popular American history podcast BackStory, she is a frequent commentator on PBS, NPR, CNN, the BBC, and MSNBC. She has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and Atlantic Magazine, among other publications. The winner of multiple teaching awards at Yale, her online course, The American Revolution, has been viewed by hundreds of thousands of people in homes and classrooms around the world.

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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