Nancy R. Chandler Lecture Series

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Engaging conversations, ideas and lifelong discovery honoring the legacy of Nancy R. Chandler 

The Nancy R. Chandler Lecture Series (CLS) of the COCC Foundation brings renowned speakers, lecturers and experts to the region to deliver broad-based programming on a diverse range of educational and topical subjects. 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, coordinator of the Nancy R. Chandler Lecture Series at or 541-383-7257.

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Coming Fall Programming

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David Wrathall, Ph.D. -Associate Professor, College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University & Lead Author, Sixth Assessment, UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Tuesday, November 14, 6:30 p.m. - Wille Hall, Coats Campus Center, COCC Bend 

Join us as David Wrathall, Ph.D. shares the findings from his role as a lead author of the UN’s latest climate assessment and learn how the changing climate will alter migration patterns and impact societies around the world. Discover what we know and what we still don’t know from the report’s findings.

Wrathall researches human migration in response to various climate change hazards, including sea level rise, tropical weather extremes, glacier recession, drought, and ocean acidification and examines how climate change impacts are threatening people’s livelihoods and rendering parts of the planet uninhabitable.

In person presentation: $10 
Link to the recorded program: $5 

COCC and students and staff are FREE. Contact for promo code. 

About David Wrathall
David Wrathall is a geographer by training, with a Ph. D. from King’s College London, where he studied climate change adaptation, resilience and hazards. Between 2013 and 2016, David was an academic officer at United Nations University-Institute for Environment and Human Security. He also studied the link between glacier recession, shifting water resources and migration in Peru, as an NSF Science Foundation post-doctoral fellow. He began his thinking on climate change and human migration as a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras.

This program is sponsored by the Associated Students of COCC and Maybelle Clark MacDonald Fund.

COCC Student Event: A Climate-Migration Conversation with Conversation David Wrathall, Ph.D. 

Tuesday, November 14, 12-1 p.m. – Middleton Science Center Conference Room, 209

Students are invited to join an informal conversation and Q & A with Geologist David Wrathall, Ph. D. before his public presentation that evening in Wille Hall. 

FREE and OPEN to all COCC Students.

Snacks and drinks will be provided. Feel free to bring a brown bag lunch.

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The Chandler Lecture Series and COCC's Office of Diversity and Inclusion  completed the 2023 Season of Nonviolence programming in March. Thanks to everyone (sponsors, participants, speakers and facilitators) for making it impactful. Click here for all program details.  

Sponsors of The Nancy R. Chandler Lecture Series:

Central Oregon Community College

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AccessibilityIn advance of College events, persons needing accommodation or transportation because of a physical or mobility disability should contact Caitlyn Gardner at 541-383-7237. For accommodation because of other disability such as hearing impairment, contact Disability Services at 541-383-7583.