Nancy R. Chandler Lecture Series

  • CLS Speaker - Erika Huggins
  • CLS Speaker Lulu Garcia-Navarro
  • CLS Speaker - Amy Harper

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

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been canceled. Refunds will be issued to ticket holders. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and continued support. We hope to see you at future Chandler Lecture Series events.

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Suzi Eszterhas - Award-Winning Wildlife Photographer 

Wednesday, October 4, 7 p.m. 

Tower Theatre - livestream also available 

Part artist, part scientist, and part sociologist, Suzi Eszterhas will give us a glimpse into the life of a wildlife photographer and talk about the skills needed for this unique field. She will share her passion for conservation and how her work helps raise awareness for the issues facing wildlife today.

Whether it is photographing cheetahs while living in a bush camp in Kenya's Masai Mara, working with polar bear biologists in the Arctic, or chasing chimpanzees through some of the world's deepest jungles, Suzi has many photographs and adventure stories to share.

Dudley's Bookshop will be selling several of Suzi's books before and after her presentation and Suzi will be available for book signing after her presentation. 

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Suzi Eszterhas is best known for her work documenting newborn animals and family life in the wild. She has photographed over 100 cover and feature stories for publications such as TIME, Smithsonian, The New York Times, and National Geographic Kids. Suzi has 29 books in print with another two in progress.

She is a dedicated conservationist and helps raise funds and awareness for global environmental organizations. She founded Girls Who Click, a non-profit dedicated to encouraging young women to enter her male-dominated profession.

This program is sponsored by the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication, The National Endowment for the Humanities, Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund and the Associated Students of COCC. 

This program has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been canceled. We appreciate your understanding.

COCC Student Event: A Conversation with Wildlife Photographer Suzi Eszterhas

Wednesday, October 4, 12-1 p.m. – Coats Campus Center, Room 116

Students are invited to join an informal conversation and Q & A with award-winning wildlife photographer Suzi Eszterhas before her public presentation at the Tower Theatre.

Birth to 100 Years: 100 Year Life Embracing the Opportunities and Challenges of a Century-Long Life

A Panel Discussion with Dr. Marvin Kaiser - Former Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Portland State University, Gerontologist & Social Worker

Tuesday, October 24, 6:30 p.m. - Wille Hall, Coats Campus Center, COCC Bend 

As many as half of those born in the U.S. in 2000 or after can expect to live to the age of 100. Join us to learn about the impacts longevity has on our society, both internationally and locally. Dr. Marvin Kaiser, who has traveled the world observing how seniors thrive, will present on current trends and statistics and how longevity creates new and exciting opportunities, life experiences, and relationships.

Dr. Kaiser will then lead a group of experts in a panel discussion on how people at every stage of life are navigating a new and changing map of life in the 21st century and beyond.

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

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

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

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Dr. David Wrathall -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 Dr. David Wrathall 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.

Dr. 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 Dr. 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 Conversation with Geologist 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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St. Charles Health System 

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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.