Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program

The Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program (VSP) of the Central Oregon Community College Foundation brings renowned scholars, lecturers and experts to our region to provide broad-based programming on a diverse range of subjects. VSP's mission is to provide educational and relevant programming to COCC, its students and the community.

The program was established in 1985 by the late Robert W. Chandler, Sr. to honor his wife Nancy. 

For more information about the program or its upcoming events, please contact Charlotte Gilbride, the Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program Coordinator at 541-383-7257.

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Coming Fall Programming

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Beth Macy -- New York Times Best Selling Author & Journalist 

Tuesday, October 17, 6:30 p.m.
Tower Theatre, Bend 

Tickets $15. Purchase tickets here.
Free student tickets available at Coats Campus Center Info Desk

Drawing upon the heroes of her New York Times-bestselling books, "Factory Man" and "Truevine," journalist Beth Macy tells the stories of gritty underdogs from rural America who battle greed and exploitation to win justice for their communities. Macy will talk about her writing process and how her nonfiction narratives draw upon decades of analysis, journalistic investigation, and on-the-ground reporting to help readers understand complicated social issues such as globalization, racial injustice, and the opioid epidemic, the subject of her next book.

About Macy 
Beth Macy is an author, a journalist, a frequent lecturer/speaker and a former reporter. Her work has appeared in national magazines and The Roanoke Times, where her reporting has won more than a dozen national awards, including a Nieman Fellowship for Journalism at Harvard.

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This program is co-presented by the Robert W. Chandler Lecture Series in Journalism and sponsored by University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication with support from Deschutes Public Library, Brooks Resources Corporation, the Associated Students of COCC, OSU-Cascades Student Fee Committee and Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott. 

Changing Culture with Culture: How Can You Become An Agent of Social Change? 

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Sophia Kruz -- Documentary Filmmaker, Co-Founder of Driftseed, Visiting Social Activist, University of Michigan Center for the Education of Women

Friday, November 3, 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Liberty Theater,  849 NW Wall St, Bend

Tickets $10. Purchase tickets here. 
Free student tickets available. Call 541-383-7257.

Please join us for an afternoon with Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Sophia Kruz. Sophia will discuss the inspiration behind "Little Stones", her award-winning feature-length documentary about four women in India, Brazil, Senegal and Kenya who are using art - music, dance, fashion and graffiti - to create social change.

Kruz will also lead an interactive conversation about how each of us has the capacity to change the world using our unique background and skill-set. By defining our own key social issues and embracing our talents and passion, our individual actions can have a ripple effect felt around the world. We all have the potential to be little stones, each contributing to a global mosaic of change.

On Thursday, November 2, "Little Stones" will be screened at the Tower Theatre at 7 p.m. Tickets and more information available at

About Kruz 
Sophia Kruz is an EMMY® Award-winning documentary filmmaker and TEDx speaker. Her work has been broadcast nationally on PBS, and screened at film festivals and museums around the world. Her most recent film, Little Stones, won Best Documentary at the Vail Film Festival, Best Foreign Documentary at the Female Eye Film Festival, the Humanitarian Award at DOCUTAH, and an Award of Excellence from Impact Docs. Kruz’s documentary films have been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, International Expressive Arts Therapy Association and the Womanity Foundation.

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Sponsored by Brooks Resources Corporation, the Associated Students of COCC and OSU-Cascades Student Fee Committee.

Hope for the OceanDr. Jane Lubchenco

Dr. Jane Lubchenco -- Distinguished University Professor & Advisor on Marine Studies, Oregon State University and Former Administrator of NOAA and First US Science Envoy for the Ocean

Tuesday, November 14, 6:30 p.m. 
Tower Theatre, Bend 

Tickets $10. Purchase tickets here.
Free student tickets available at Coats Campus Center Info Desk 

Ocean health is important to every human, and Dr. Lubchenco will tell us why. She will summarize current and emerging threats to ocean life and describe successful efforts to tackle resource depletion and disruption to achieve sustainable use of our oceans.  Drawing on four years as the Administrator of NOAA, two years as the first US Science Envoy for the Ocean, and her vast experience doing research around the world, Lubchenco will address the basic question: 'Can we use the ocean without using it up?’  Join us for this message of urgency and hope.  

Photo credit: Joy Leighton 

About Lubchenco 
Dr. Jane Lubchenco is a world renowned environmental scientist with deep experience in the worlds of science, academia, and government. She was the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and the Administrator of NOAA from 2009-2013. Nominated by President Obama in December 2008 as part of his “Science Dream Team,” she is a marine ecologist and environmental scientist by training, with expertise in oceans, climate change, and interactions between the environment and human well-being.  She earned her B.A. in Biology at Colorado College, her M.S. in Zoology at University of Washington and her Ph.D. in Ecology from Harvard University.

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Sponsored by OSU-Cascades with support from Brooks Resources, the Associated Students of COCC and OSU-Cascades Student Fee Committee.

For those of who missed our Season of Nonviolence keynote speaker, Dr. Shakti Butler, we have the below links to her presentations and workshops. 

Sponsors Of The Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program:

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  Marriott Fairfield Inn

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