Nancy R. Chandler Lecture Series

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  • 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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Art, Social Justice and the Radical ImaginaryFavianna

Favianna Rodriguez - Artist, Cultural Organizer, Social Justice Activist 

Tuesday, April 30, 6:30 p.m., Wille Hall, Coats Campus Center, COCC Bend Campus 

Join Favianna Rodriguez as she shares her artistic practice and discusses how art can inspire, educate, and help spur the imagination beyond the realms of what politics can do. Rodriguez believes culture change precedes political change, and therefore, we must build vibrant cultural movements that catalyze social justice, inspire new ways of thinking and foster cultural equity. She will show artistic examples that address migrant rights, gender equity and climate justice.

In-person event: $10 
Link to recorded event: $5
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COCC students and staff are free. Email for promo code. 

This program is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and Deschutes Cultural Coalition with additional support from Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund and the Associated Students of COCC. 

About Favianna Rodriguez

Favianna is an interdisciplinary artist, cultural strategist, and entrepreneur based in Oakland, California. Her art and praxis address migration, gender justice, climate change, racial equity, and sexual freedom. Her work centers joy and healing, while challenging entrenched myths and dominant cultural practices. Favianna's creative partnerships include companies like Ben & Jerry's, Spotify, and Old Navy. She has completed a number of large-scale public art commissions with the City of San Francisco and the Presidio National Park. Through her poignant speeches, she has inspired audiences around the world including at the United Nations Climate Summit, Sundance Film Festival, Smithsonian, Google and Lush Cosmetics. Favianna's creative practice serves as a record of her human experiences as a woman of color embracing pleasure and womb healing through creative expression and personal transformation.

A strategy advisor to artists of all genres, Favianna is regarded as one of the leading thinkers and personalities uniting art, culture, and social impact. Through her thought leadership as President and co-founder of The Center for Cultural Power, an organization igniting change at the intersection of art and social justice, she has been instrumental in building a cultural strategy ecosystem that supports BIPOC artists in the U.S. She helped launch the Constellations Culture Change Fund, a philanthropic initiative designed to build cultural power by investing in BIPOC artists and grassroots art organizations.

Favianna is a recognized climate justice leader, and brings her personal journey to the climate justice fight through her writing, including as a contributing writer to the best-selling anthology, "All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis", edited by Ayana Johnson and Katharine Wilkinson. In 2016, Favianna was awarded the Robert Rauschenberg Artist as Activist Fellowship for her work around immigrant detention and mass incarceration. In 2017, she received an Atlantic Fellowship for Racial Equity for her work around racial justice and climate change. In 2018, she received the SOROS Equality Fellowship for building the field of cultural organizing. As an entrepreneur, she has co-founded various institutions, including the EastSide Arts Alliance, a cultural center and affordable housing development in Oakland, CA.

Favianna is currently working on a feature film about healing from generational womb trauma.

From Community Secrets to Public Apology:
Lessons from The High Road
Linda Tamura

Linda Tamura - Author, Educator 

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

During World War II, the names of 16 military veterans were removed from a public honor roll in Oregon, prompting national outcry. All were Japanese Americans who served our country while their families were incarcerated on our own American soil. In 2022, almost 80 years later, the Oregon Legislature passed Senate Bill 1509 to dedicate Oregon Nisei Veterans WWII Memorial Highway in Hood River. The American Legion Post 22 also joined in support and apologized for their past racist actions. Linda Tamura will address her path to learning this “community secret,” Oregon's fractured history, heroes unheralded, and lessons for moving forward.

In-person event: $10 
Link to recorded event: $5
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COCC students and staff are free. Email for promo code. 

About Linda Tamura 

A third-generation Japanese American, Linda Tamura is an orchard kid raised in Hood River and the daughter of a World War II veteran. Growing up, Linda did not realize that the “camp” her mother mentioned was not a summer camp at all. That led her to ask questions and eventually write two books about Japanese Americans as well as the national notoriety of her community (Nisei Soldiers Break Their Silence:  Coming Home to Hood River and The Hood River Issei:  An Oral History of Japanese Settlers in Oregon’s Hood River Valley.)  Linda is a former elementary teacher, Professor Emerita of Education at Willamette University and a Co-Editor-in-Chief of The Oregon Encyclopedia (

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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.