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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Spring Programming 

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Rod Ray, Ph.D., P.E. - Former CEO of Bend Research, Consultant, Researcher 

Tuesday, April 25, 6 p.m. - Wille Hall, Coats Campus Center, COCC Bend Campus 

The Earth and its atmosphere are a constant showcase of extraordinary environmental patterns — from intricate snowflakes to symmetrical cloud formations to the coil of an emerging hurricane. All are the result of the sun’s power returning back to space, creating surprisingly ordered designs in the process. But why?

Explore the physics — and dazzling beauty — caused by solar energy as it reaches our planet and then dissipates through heat and light, creating these startling displays as opposing natural forces work in balance. Join us as Dr. Rod Ray explains the phenomena of energy’s patterns in nature and see our ordered world with newfound appreciation.

FREE and OPEN to the public.
Registration encouraged to ensure a seat. Donations to The Nancy Ray Zahl COCC Nursing Scholarship (a nursing scholarship in honor of Dr. Ray's mother) are welcome and encouraged.

Register here for in-person event, for a recorded link of the event or to donate to the scholarship fund. 

About Dr. Rod Ray 
Rod Ray, Ph.D., P.E. is the former CEO of Bend Research, Inc. Bend Research began in 1975 as a technology development company. In 2014, the company was purchased by a large private equity company and ultimately became part of Lonza, a Swiss pharmaceutical technology and manufacturing company. During his career at Bend Research, Dr. Ray held positions starting from Research Engineer, advancing to Director of Engineering, President and Chief Operating Officer, and served as Chief Executive Officer from 2008 through 2014. 

A Bend native, he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Oregon State University, and a Masters and Doctorate from The University of Colorado, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Oregon and Colorado. In 2014, Dr. Ray founded Canyon Mountain Consulting from which he is currently a consultant and board member for various pharmaceutical and technological companies. Dr. Ray serves on the board of several non-profit and higher-education organizations such as Mosaic Medical and Oregon State University-Cascades (where he teaches Thermodynamics and Leadership).

Food Justice at the Intersection of Food, Politics, Art, and Culture

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Tuesday, May 16, 7 p.m. - Wille Hall, Coats Campus Center, COCC Bend Campus

How can we create a world in which all Americans, regardless of income, geography, or race have access to healthful, fresh, affordable, and culturally appropriate food? In this interactive talk, Bryant Terry will take us on a journey of his more than two-decade career as a chef, author, publisher, and community builder committed to creating a healthful, just, and sustainable food system. From grassroots organizing to book publishing, Terry has employed cultural strategy, a field of practice that centers art, storytelling, media, and cooking (in Bryant's case) to bring about social change. Through a dynamic slide presentation that includes singing and rapping and fuses personal narrative and food politics, Terry will show us how to improve access to fresh food in our communities: whether that community is your campus, your workplace, your neighborhood, or just your own set of friends gathered in the kitchen.

In-person event: $20 
Link to recorded event: $5
Register here

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Bryant Terry is an award-winning author, artist, publisher, and community builder defined by the fluidity with which his practices move between cooking, writing, curating, bookmaking, conceptualism, social sculpture, music, and design. Terry channels the spirit of his genetic, intellectual, activist, and artist ancestors to inspire us to work towards a more healthy, just, and sustainable world.

Bryant Terry is the founder of 4 Color Books, a publishing imprint which collaborates with forward-thinking and groundbreaking BIPOC chefs, writers, artists, and activists. Terry is the author of six critically acclaimed books and has won a James Beard Award, an NAACP Image Award, and an Art of Eating Prize. His latest book, Black Food, illuminates a part of the Black experience offering recipes, essays and art.

San Francisco Magazine included Terry among 11 Smartest People in the Bay Area Food Scene, and Fast Company named him one of 9 People Who Are Changing the Future of Food.

For the 2022-2023 academic year Terry is an Artist Fellow at UC Berkeley as a member of the second cohort of Abolition Democracy Fellows, working between the Black Studies and Art Practice Departments. From 2015 to 2022 he served as the Chef-in-Residence at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) in San Francisco where he curated public programming at the intersection of food, farming, health, activism, art, and culture. 

Student Event 

A Conversation with Bryant Terry

Tuesday, May 16, 12-1p.m. CUL 118 Demo Theater
Cascade Culinary Institute - 2555 NW Campus Village Way, Bend

Students are invited to join an informal conversation and Q & A with Bryant Terry. Terry moves between cooking, writing, curating, bookmaking, conceptualism, social sculpture, music, and design to inspire us to work towards a more healthy, just, and sustainable world.

FREE AND OPEN to all COCC students.

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The Chandler Lecture Series and COCC's Office of Diversity and Inclusion have just completed the 2023 Season of Nonviolence programming. 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.