Jon Meacham: 2021 Hatfield Lecture

His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope

Presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham is one of America's most prominent public intellectuals. A contributor to TIME and The New York Times Book Review, Meacham is a highly sought-after commentator, regularly appearing on CNN and MSNBC. Known as a skilled orator with a depth of knowledge about politics, religion, and current affairs, Meacham brings historical context to the issues and events affecting our daily lives. In his latest #1 New York Times best-seller, His Truth is Marching On, Meacham draws on decades of wide-ranging interviews with the late Congressman John Lewis. In this biography, Meacham shares how Lewis, the great-grandson of a man who was enslaved and son of an Alabama tenant farmer, was inspired by the Bible and his teachers in nonviolence, Reverend James Lawson and Martin Luther King, Jr., to put his life on the line in the service of what Abraham Lincoln called “the better angels of our nature.”

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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.

2021 Mark O. Hatfield Lecture Series Speakers:

  • Amanda L. Tyler – April 13, 2021; Virtual Lecture
    Justice, Justice Thou Shalt Pursue: A Life's Work Fighting for a More Perfect Union
  • Jon Meacham – May 11, 2021; Virtual Lecture
    His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope

Single lecture tickets are available starting March 9, 2021 at 10am ($30–$80 | $25–$75 for OHS members).


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