COVID-19 Response and Reopening

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 Visiting Scholar Program debuts an updated name to better align with format and offerings. 

Beginning this fall, the Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program is now the Nancy R. Chandler Lecture Series. We are looking forward to continuing our mission of offering compelling and timely programming for our students and our community under our updated name. 

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 

Climate Resilience in Central OregonHal Wershow headshot

 Hal Wershow – Assistant Professor of Geology, Central Oregon Community College

Tuesday, November 2, 6:30 p.m. - Wille Hall, COCC Bend Campus - livestream also available

Between record heat waves, horrific smoke and debilitating drought, we are all experiencing the anticipated effects of climate change first-hand. And while the situation is clearly dire, there is still opportunity to rewrite our climate future. Geology professor Hal Wershow will  examine how our climate in Central Oregon has already changed and then share projections for what we can expect for the rest of the 21st century. After reviewing the science, he will transition into climate resilience; in other words, what can we do in our community to diminish the worst impacts and adapt to the inevitable changes.

Tickets: $8 for in-person event, $5 for livestream. Get your tickets here.
Limited in-person capacity. COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place. 
COCC students and staff are FREE. Email for promo code. 

We strongly encourage that those who choose to attend this event in person be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are unvaccinated, we kindly ask that you choose the livestream version of this program to help us ensure the health and safety of our community.

About Hal Wershow
Hal Wershow began his geology career with research projects in Peru and Hawaii, before settling at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he monitored groundwater for high explosives and radioactivity. After realizing that he made a more meaningful impact by sharing his stoke for all things Earth, he decided to teach. Along the way, he studied glaciers and climate change at Western Washington University, and had the good fortune to find himself surrounded by teaching mentors. Since beginning at COCC in the Fall term of 2018, Hal has become enamored with our fabulous local volcanoes and the glaciers they host. 

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

The Robert W. Chandler Lecture Series in Journalism presents: 

A Firsthand Account: The Crisis at the BorderJulio Varela heashot

Julio Ricardo Varela - Editorial Director for Futuro Media

Monday, November 15, 6:00 p.m. PDT - VIRTUAL PROGRAM 

Julio Ricardo Varela’s many years covering issues and events directly impacting the Latino, Hispanic and Latinx communities have positioned him as one of the leading voices when addressing the migrant situation at the southern border. In the last few years we have seen the largest flows of migration at the U.S.- Mexico border since the mid-2000's and the U.S. Government is now tasked with tackling one of our most pressing issues that shows no sign of slowing down. In this inspiring keynote, Julio Ricardo Varela will discuss stories from the border that the mainstream media tends to ignore, and will share the latest firsthand accounts of those working to address one of the country's most misunderstood issues.

Tickets $10 - Virtual Presentation -Registration is required. Register here.
One registration per viewing device. Live captioning available.
COCC students and staff are FREE. Email for promo code. 

About Julio Ricardo Varela
As Editorial Director for Futuro Media, Julio (Julito) Ricardo Varela is responsible for the overall editorial vision and voice of Latino USA, Latino Rebels and In The Thick. As Vice President of New Business Development for Futuro Studios, he also heads up the division’s new business initiatives, which have received industry accolades and have positioned Futuro for continued, sustainable success.

In 2011, Julio founded Latino Rebels, one of the top U.S. Latino digital media sites in the world. In 2018, LR officially joined the Futuro Media family. He also co-hosts In The Thick with Maria Hinojosa. He is a frequent contributor to Latino USA, and as Digital Director for Futuro from 2015–2020, Julio expanded the show’s digital footprint, overseeing historic gains in online and social audiences.

Previously, Julio was Digital Producer for Al Jazeera America’s The Stream and his work has been featured in many global outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Guardian, ESPN, NBC News, Quartz, Le Monde, WGBH, WNYC, Face the Nation, MSNBC, Fusion, Univision and Telemundo. He has made numerous national TV appearances for Latino USA and Futuro Media.

In 2015, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists honored Julio with its inaugural DALE Award, given to “given to an individual or company that steps up and goes above and beyond to ensure Latinos are fairly and accurately represented.” A native of Puerto Rico, Julio spent his childhood between San Juan and the Bronx. He was also a contributing reporter at The Boston Globe and a top publishing executive. Julio graduated cum laude from Harvard College.

This program is presented by University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication with support from Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund and the Associated Students of COCC. 

Please note: COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed at all programs. With the pandemic changing rapidly, all programs are subject to change, postponement or cancellation. Refunds will be issued in the event of cancellation. 

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The Chandler Lecture Series and COCC's Office of Diversity and Inclusion finished an incredible season of programming to honor the  Season of Nonviolence Programming in March. Click here for details.  

 Sponsors of The Nancy R. Chandler Lecture Series:

Central Oregon Community College

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St. Charles Health System 

The Source Weekly

 Mid Oregon Credit Union

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MCM Fund

Deschutes Public Library

Deschutes Cultural Coalition

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U of O School of Journalism

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Bend Bulletin


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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.