Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program

Nancy R. Chanler LogoThe Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program was established in 1985 by the late Robert W. Chandler, Sr. and his wife, Nancy R. Chandler. The program brings renowned scholars to the Central Oregon region to present a balanced and broad-based scope of programming in the form of lectures, forums and interactive workshops. In doing so, we hope to encourage stimulating conversations that broaden our community's perspectives on and perceptions of other people and events.

For more information about the program or its upcoming events, please contact the Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program Coordinator at 541-383-7257. If you would like to receive email notification of upcoming events, please reply here with your name and preferred email address:

Upcoming events:


University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication & The Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program of COCC Foundation Present:


An evening with National Geographic author, photographer and expedition leader, Christopher Baker

6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 6
Tower Theatre
835 NW Wall Street, Bend
$10 general admission
Tickets on sale:  call 541.317-0700 or online at

In this exciting and visually stunning presentation, Christopher Baker weaves a fascinating picture of a country undergoing rapid change against a time-warp setting of which Hollywood can only dream.
Baker has visited Cuba more than seventy times and is intimately familiar with the island’s culture, society, history, politics and economics.  He has met Fidel Castro and other cultural and political leaders of Cuba.  In addition to six guidebooks, his literary travelogue, Mi Moto Fidel: Motorcycling Through Castro’s Cuba, won both the Lowell Thomas Award as ‘Travel Book of the Year’ and the North American Travel Journalist Association Grand Prize.
His writing and photography have appeared in more than 200 international publications, from National Geographic Traveler to Newsweek, and he has appeared on numerous TV and radio shows, including NBC, ABC, Fox, CNN and PBS.  He leads trips to Cuba for National Geographic Expeditions.
2008 Lowell Thomas Award 'Travel Journalist of the Year’

Sponsored by University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication. Thanks also to OSU-Cascades Student Fee Committee and ASCOCC.
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Call the Midwife: Evolutionary Perspectives on Normal Physiological Childbirth
DR. MELISSA CHEYNEY | Medical anthropologist and midwife, Department of Anthropology, Oregon State University
April 26, 2013 | 6:30 p.m. | Hitchcock Auditorium, Pioneer Hall, COCC Bend

Extreme Outliers: How the Smallest Cells in the Ocean Change the Planet
DR. STEPHEN GIOVANNONI | Department of Microbiology, Oregon State University
May 17, 2013 | 6:30 p.m. | Hitchcock Auditorium, Pioneer Hall, COCC Bend

The Rocks Don’t Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah’s Flood
DR. DAVID MONTGOMERY | Department of Geology, University of Washington
June 7, 2013 | 6:30 p.m. | Hitchcock Auditorium, Pioneer Hall, COCC Bend

Blackberries in July: A Biologist’s Search for Personal Meaning
DR. TOM TITUS | Department of Biology, University of Oregon
September 20, 2013 | 6:30 p.m. | Pozzi Education Center, Sunriver Nature Center, Sunriver

Dead Fish Don’t Lie I: Archaeology of Herring in the Northwest
DR. MADONNA MOSS | Department of Anthropology, University of Oregon
October 25, 2013 | 6:30 p.m. | Pozzi Education Center, Sunriver Nature Center, Sunriver 

How Did We Get Here? Clues from the Solar System
Dr. Scott Fisher | Department of Physics, University of Oregon

April 17, 2014 | 6:30 p.m. | Hitchcock Auditorium, Pioneer Hall, COCC Bend 

Dr. Fisher will tackle the question of “How did we get here?” from the perspective of the origin of the Solar System including the formation of the Sun, its planets and their satellites. His story will address what science has uncovered about how life may have arisen or arrived here, as there are interesting details among the physical, chemical, and biological processes directly related to our existence today. Geared towards the general public and the science-minded alike, this presentation includes images, videos, and data from some of the largest telescopes on Earth, including some of Dr. Fisher’s own research results that support current theories of planet formation.


Dead Fish Don’t Lie II: 13,000 Years of Fishes and Humans in the Columbia Basin
DR. VIRGINIA BUTLER | Department of Anthropology, Portland State University
May 16, 2014 | 6:30 p.m. | Pozzi Education Center, Sunriver Nature Center, Sunriver

Over 13,000 years, a diversity of aboriginal peoples lived by the streams and rivers of the Northwest coast and Columbia Basin, thanks to the wealth of fish that returned each year to spawn in the region’s rivers and streams. Salmon, herring, smelt -- and large-bodied minnows and suckers in inland waters -- all contributed to the richness of this region.  Dr. Virginia Butler and other anthropologists have reconstructed a chronological record of fish bones from archaeological sites throughout the basin.  While fish abundance varied over time, the overall picture is one of continuity in Native American use of fishes. Archaeological bone records can help establish baseline conditions for fish populations prior to European-American settlement and the ensuing habitat changes and can suggest how fish may respond to future habitat alterations associated with both natural and human influences. Dr. Butler will review the history of Columbia Basin fishes and human-fish relationships and share insights that may assist in preserving the natural resources of our region. 

$50 for the 2013–14 series; $10 individual lectures; $8 Sunriver Nature Center members; students free with ID at the door.
Advance sales from the Sunriver Nature Center: 541.593.4394 or 541.593.4442, or purchase at the door.

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A special thank you to the students of COCC and OSU-Cascades and sponsors for their support.

Oregon Community Foundation Sunriver Nature Center new Oregon Observatory at Sunriver

Sponsors Of The Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program:

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Oxford Hotel
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Sacred Art of Living

Accessibility IconIn advance of College events, persons needing accommodation or transportation because of a physical or mobility disability, contact Joe Viola: 541-383-7775. For accommodation because of other disability such as hearing impairment, contact Annie Jenkins: 541-383-7743.

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