On February 6, 2010, after winning 66 percent of the vote in the primary, Landrieu was elected mayor of New Orleans. Coming into his mayorship, he inherited a city stalled by post-Katrina issues, on the brink of bankruptcy, with a high murder rate and a police department under federal investigation. Under Landrieu’s leadership, New Orleans has rebounded and become one of the nation’s great comeback stories.
During his second term, he gained national prominence for advocating and overseeing the removal of four Confederate monuments in New Orleans, a historical and powerful decision that earned him the prestigious John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award. In his New York Times bestselling book, In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History, Landrieu recounts his personal journey on race and tackles the broader history of slavery, race relations, and institutional inequalities that still plague America.
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.
NEW VENUE! Please note the Hatfield Lecture Series will move to the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall for the 2019 season. All lectures begin at 7pm.
2019 Series Speakers
In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History
Mitch Landrieu served as mayor of New Orleans from 2010-2018. During his second term, he gained national prominence for advocating and overseeing the removal of four Confederate monuments in New Orleans, a historical and powerful decision that earned him the prestigious John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award. In his New York Times bestselling book, In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History, Landrieu recounts his personal journey on race and tackles the broader history of slavery, race relations, and institutional inequalities that still plague America.
Heirs of the Founders: The Epic Rivalry of Henry Clay, John Calhoun, and Daniel Webster
Henry William Brands was born in Oregon, went to college in California, sold cutlery across the American West, and earned graduate degrees in mathematics and history in Oregon and Texas. He taught at Vanderbilt University and Texas A&M University before joining the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin, where he holds the Jack S. Blanton Sr. Chair in History. He teaches history and writing to graduate students and undergraduates. He writes on American history and politics, with books including Heirs of the Founders, The General vs. the President, Reagan, The Man Who Saved the Union, The Age of Gold, and TR.
Code Girls: The Untold Stories of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II
Liza Mundy is an award-winning reporter and New York Times bestselling author of several books, including Michelle, a biography of First Lady Michelle Obama. Her most recent work, Code Girls, tells the story of how more than ten thousand women served as codebreakers during World War II. Running early IBM computers and poring over reams of encrypted enemy messages, they worked tirelessly in a pair of makeshift code-breaking centers. A former longtime reporter for the Washington Post, she is currently director of the work and family program at the New America Foundation and is also a contributing editor at Politico Magazine.
Presidents of War
Michael Beschloss is an award-winning historian, bestselling author of nine books, and has been a New York Times contributing columnist. He is the NBC News Presidential Historian and a contributor to the PBS NewsHour. His forthcoming book, Presidents of War, tells the epic story of all of the American Presidents who have waged our major wars. It took him ten years to write and research, and historian Jon Meacham says it is “a landmark book about power, leadership, and human nature itself.” He is an alumnus of Andover and Williams College and the Harvard Business School, where he studied leadership in both the private and public sectors.
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Hatfield Historians Forum Recorded Lectures, 2015 – 2017
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H.W. Brands (2017)
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An Evening with Teddy Roosevelt 2016
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Rick Atkinson on World War II
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