Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

Nina Totenberg: 2023 Hatfield Lecture

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, Totenberg is National Public Radio’s award-winning legal affairs correspondent with more than forty years’ experience at NPR. She 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. 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.

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.

2023 Mark O. Hatfield Lecture Series Speakers

  • Nina Totenberg | February 2, 2023
    Dinners with Ruth: A Memoir on the Power of Friendships
  • Mae Ngai | March 28, 2023
    The Chinese Question: The Gold Rushes and Global Politics
  • Douglas Brinkley | April 18, 2023
    Silent Spring Revolution: John F. Kennedy, Rachel Carson, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, and the Great Environmental Awakening
  • Peniel E. Joseph | May 23, 2023
    The Third Reconstruction: America’s Struggle for Racial Justice in the Twenty-First Century

Tickets & Pricing

Tickets to the four-part 2023 Mark O. Hatfield Lecture Series go on sale to members on Thursday, October 20 and to the public on Thursday, November 10. Single lecture tickets go on sale Thursday, January 19 at 10am.

Front Orchestra / Dress Circle
includes access to exclusive post-lecture receptions with speakers
$111 $100
Mid-Orchestra / Front Mezzanine
$76 $66
Back Orchestra / Back Mezzanine
$46 $36
Sold exclusively through the Oregon Historical Society
includes access to livestream
$30 $25

A $5 processing fee will be added by Portland’5 at checkout. All other service fees included in listed prices.

Virtual-only tickets can be purchased through OHS here. Virtual ticketholders will be able to livestream the event as well as have access to a recording.

All ticketholders will be emailed a recording of the lecture (closed captioning included) 48 hours after the event. The recording will be available for 14 days.

All sales are final. If you wish to donate your tickets and receive a receipt for tax purposes, please email with details on which ticket(s) you wish to donate.

Updated Health & Safety Guidelines

We will not be requiring proof of vaccination or a negative test result for the 2023 Series. We encourage all event attendees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and support those who choose to wear a mask due to their own underlying health conditions or out of consideration for others.

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.

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