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Have coffee with COCC Continuing Education and discover something new about yourself, the world and your community. Join us the second Tuesday of the month for a presentation on topics that will expand your mind, ignite your creativity and broaden your horizons. Highlighting COCC faculty and Central Oregon experts; we'll explore topics ranging from international culture to current events to emerging technologies. Leave these 2-hour sessions with unique takeaways, useful life hacks, fascinating insights and a desire to know more, do more and see more.
Guest Speakers                        Bend CHLAB 301           $75       
10/8/19 to 6/9/20 Tu                  2:00PM-4:00PM

2019/2020 Topics - Currently on Hold

October 8 – John Liccardo, COCC Associate Professor of Health & Human Performance
Doping in sports: Zero tolerance or anything goes?

Explore the controversial topic of sports doping from a perspective of the physiology of drug use and testing in sports as it intertwines with the philosophical idea of a “level playing field.”  Working from real examples of actual doping in sports and the systems we use to test and ban athletes, the group will explore the surprising challenges of making the best doping policy that is most effective yet causes the least harm. Come with opinions to share and a willingness to learn and be challenged.

November 12 – Debra Merskin, Ph.D. UO Professor, School of Journalism & Communication
Get me a Lassie: The impact of media portrayals on dog demand

Television programs, movies, and ads feature animals, particularly dogs, in programs such as the centrality of the Jack Russell terrier, in the comedy Fraser or the Chihuahua Gidget in Taco Bell ads. Animals fill out a setting, provide comedic relief, and contribute a cuteness quotient that simply makes viewers feel good. In other words, animals complete the scene. This presentation will discuss a brief history of using animals in media, the impact on animals, and focus specifically on "mass production" of Chihuahuas as a result of media portrayals and the crisis for humane societies and care groups who work to save them.

December 10 – Dr. Andrew Torchio, Chiropractor
Cellular Detoxification: How does it work?

Join Dr. Andrew Torchio as he explains cellular detoxification including how it differs from some of the more common forms of detoxification that focus on the liver, gut and lymphatics. Learn about the role cellular detoxification can play in regaining health and wellness. Dr. Andrew also introduces the concept of brain detoxification.

January 14 - Michelle Ericksen, Ph. D in Education
Shamans, Journeys and Plant Medicines: Understanding today's resurgence in neo-shamanism

From solstice celebrations and drum circles to Ayahuasca ceremonies and herbalism, we are witnessing the resurgence of ancient shamanistic practices. For thousands of years, people around the world have used earth-based wisdom for the health and wellness of the self, the community and the planet. Learn how these ancient technologies are being married with cutting-edge science, demonstrating that our bodies are hardwired for both mystery and healing. 

February 11 – Janet Gesme, COCC Instructor of German and Music
Beauty in Crisis: A lecture by translator Janet Gesme

Before becoming one of the greatest violin makers of the 21st century, Martin Schleske went in search of beauty. He was not satisfied by copying the patterns of other violin makers, but was determined to find the very essence of beauty in order to make his own, unique violins. His discoveries revealed that crisis, surprise, the unexpected and often unwanted, the things we try to avoid, are necessary ingredients in beauty of every genre. Janet Gesme, COCC Instructor of German and Music, translated Martin Schleske's book, "The Sound of Life's Unspeakable Beauty" into English. In this lecture she will explain Schleske's findings, accompanied by illustrations and musical examples. 

March 10 – Kimber Mattox, COCC Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Biology
Hot Topics in Nutrition: Exploring Current Research, Discoveries & Science in Nutrition

Have you ever wondered what is behind the many different trends in nutrition, like coconut oil, kombucha, ketogenic diets, vegan diets, or eating crickets? Are you still confused about whether eggs are good for you or bad for you? Join COCC Assistant Professor Kimber Mattox as she explores current research, questions and trends in nutrition and how they relate to health.

April 14 - CANCELLED

May 12 - Kelsey Freeman, COCC Native American College Prep Coordinator, Writer and Educator
No Option but North: The Migrant World and the Perilous Path Across the Border

What does it mean to choose to move to a new country, versus migrate by necessity? In 2016, Fulbright fellow Kelsey Freeman was determined to find out. Moving to a small, industrial town in central Mexico, Freeman spent nine months interviewing countless migrants as they confronted tremendous obstacles to a better life. Her book No Option but North interweaves migrant stories with anecdotes from Freeman’s experiences in Mexico to explore what it means to have or lack power as a migrant.

June 9 – Hal Wershow, COCC Assistant Professor of Geology
Cascadia Subduction Zone (CSZ): Understanding and Preparing for a Mega-Earthquake 

Just off-shore the coast of Oregon, the Cascadia Subduction Zone is building up strain and will, inevitably, unleash a megaquake that will trigger a deadly tsunami and shake all of Cascadia. But it doesn't have to be the catastrophic disaster that we are warned about.  Rather, as individuals and as a society, we can prepare for the predictable and mitigate the damage it will do.