Season of Nonviolence

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Inspired by the work of Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., César Chávez and Chief Wilma Mankiller, the annual Season of Nonviolence honors these leaders’ visions for an empowered, nonviolent world. Colleges and universities throughout the country celebrate the Season of Nonviolence by bringing together community partners to educate and empower communities on how to use nonviolent methods to create a more peaceful world.  

2024 is the 16th year Central Oregon Community College has been hosting programming to honor the Season of Nonviolence. The programming is co-presented by The Nancy R. Chandler Lecture Series and the College's Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

All Season of Nonviolence events are FREE and OPEN to the public.

 2024 Season of Nonviolence Programming


Community Conversations

The Conversation Project Programs are sponsored by Oregon Humanities. They bring people together to talk about their beliefs and experiences around timely and important issues and ideas.

Music as a Tool for Social Justice
with Facilitator Donovan Scribes

Explore the meaning of "justice" as we examine Black life in Oregon through the eyes of hip-hop. Join writer, artist, and producer Donovan Scribes for an exploration of Oregon as he lets music guide us through a shared dialogue about race and justice in post-2020 society.

Virtual Conversation
Wednesday, March 6
6-7:30 p.m.
This event is at capacity. Please email us to be added to the waitlist. 

ASL interpreters and/or live captioning will be available upon request (up to 3 business days in advance).

About Donovan Scribes 

Donovan Scribes (f.k.a. Donovan M. Smith) is an award-winning writer, artist, and speaker based in Portland. He has written for a number of publications, including the OregonianSkanner and iHeartRadio, where he served as a cowriter on the ten-part top 100 iTunes podcast Uprising: a Guide from Portland, detailing the history behind the more than one-hundred days of protest in Portland in 2020. His “Gentrification is WEIRD!” platform has been used to steer important dialogue about Black history and futures in Oregon, policing, and reimagining George Park in St. Johns. He has served on a number of boards and committees, including the Multnomah County Charter Review Committee (2021–22), charged with revising the county’s local constitution, and as 2nd Vice President of the Portland NAACP (2021–22), where he led work on housing, police, and environmental policies and programs. Scribes is an oft-requested speaker at college campuses and universities, government, and community organizations seeking creative and challenging conversations on history, narrative and justice. His work has been featured in USA Today, the NationFADERFYI Network, and other publications. A fourth-generation Portlander, Scribes is committed to civic engagement, uplifting stories, and creatively shaping futures.

A graduate of Oregon Episcopal School, he also attended the HBCU Fisk University in Nashville, TN. He enjoys good music, good stories, and making an impact.

Encounters with Modernity:

Can we represent  narratives of the past through movement? 

Bend Contemporary Dance Company, featuring Sinnamon Hauser, in collaboration with COCC's Jessica Hammerman and Stephanie André

In this unique collaboration between history and dance, choreographer Sinnamon Hauser and Bend Contemporary Dance perform an original dance piece that explores the impact of 19th-century modernization on societies throughout the world. 

After the performance, the choreographer will engage in a discussion with COCC faculty, Jessica Hammerman, Ph.D. and Stephanie André, to explore the stories of modern history and what can be communicated through dance.

Wednesday, March 13, 5:30-7 p.m.
COCC Bend Campus
Pinckney Auditorium in Pence Hall

dance snv

Registration Required
Register Here!

An Evening with Author TJ Klune

Tuesday, April 9, 6 p.m.
COCC Bend CampusTJ Klune
Wille Hall, Coats Campus Center 
Livestream also available

Award-winning and New York Times best-selling author TJ Klune will
share his story of being queer and neurodiverse while coming of age in rural Oregon in the 90s as well as many other experiences that shaped
his life and his writings. Fantasy fiction author of The House in the Cerulean Sea, The Extraordinaries, and more, Klune believes it’s important – now more than ever - to have accurate, positive queer representation
in stories. 

Registration required for in-person and livestream.
Register Here!
ASL interpretation will be available in Wille Hall and live captioning will be available on livestream and recording. 

Student-Only Event

A Conversation with TJ Klune

Tuesday, April 9, noon-1 p.m. 
COCC Bend Campus
Barber Library, West Wing Reading Room

Students are invited to join an informal conversation and Q&A with award-winning and New York Times best-selling author TJ Klune. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Feel free to bring a brown bag lunch. We also encourage students to attend TJ's 6 p.m. presentation in Wille Hall on April 9, 2024. 

Thank you to our 2024 Season of Nonviolence Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor:
First Story 

Premier Sponsor: 
The National Endowment for the Humanities
With additional support from: 
Brooks Resources Corporation
Cascades Academy of Central Oregon 
COCC's Barber Library
Oregon Community Foundation-The Casey Family Fund
St. Charles Health System

Questions? Need more information? Contact Charlotte Gilbride / 541-383-7272 or Christy Walker / 541-383-7412.

Completed Season of Nonviolence Events 2024

Allyship, Genderless Mothering & Self-Transformation

Jodie Patterson Author, Activist, Human Rights Campaign Board member

Tuesday, January 23, 6 p.m.
COCC Bend CampusJodie P
Wille Hall, Coats Campus Center 
Livestream also available

Jodie Patterson explores the lithe art of Genderless Mothering —
a unique form of social activism that embraces feminism, Black
pride, and LGBTQIA+ activism. Patterson will share her personal
story as a thought leader and mother of five, and introduce
attendees to the Human Rights Campaign for a comprehensive
overview of America’s state of affairs on LGBTQIA+ issues.

Registration required for in-person and livestream.
Register Here!
ASL interpretation will be available in Wille Hall and live captioning will be available on livestream and recording. 

About Jodie Patterson

Jodie Patterson is an author, activist, beauty explorer and mother of 5. She was the first black person to hold the position of Chair of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation Board, our nation’s largest LGBT organization. As a globally recognized activist, she speaks on topics of radical parenting, identity, and gender.

When her son announced at the age of 3 “Mama I’m not a girl. I’m a boy”, she set out to inform herself, shift her own bias and change the way her community understood gender. Patterson chronicled that journey in her memoir, The Bold World: A Memoir of Family and Transformation - hailed by Alice Walker as “Marvelous”.

Cosmopolitan Magazine filmed a mini documentary on Jodie’s family in 2016 - reaching over 11 million views.

Her second book, Born Ready: The True Story Of A Boy Named Penelope is an award winning children’s book that was gifted to all public schools in the state of Kansas

Patterson is also a long-standing entrepreneur, co-founding two beauty companies and receiving Beauty Skin Expert of the Year award by Cosmopolitan Magazine. She co-owns the live performance venue Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater.

Along with the work Patterson does with the Human Rights Campaign, she sits on the Board of Directors for The Shabazz Center - which upholds the legacy and teachings of Malcolm X, as well as sits on Mount Sinai’s Institute for Health Equity Research Task Force, and Mount Sinai’s Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery Advisory Board. Patterson is  also on the Advisory Board of the Ackerman Institute’s Gender & Family Project. The United Nations recognized Patterson as a Champion of Change.

Jodie Patterson lives in Brooklyn where she co-raises her children with love, education and family solidarity.


Student-Only Event

A Conversation with Jodie Patterson

Tuesday, January 23, noon-1 p.m. 
COCC Bend Campus
Multicultural Center, Coats Campus Center
Students are invited to join an informal conversation and Q & A with author and activist Jodie Patterson.


Community Book Conversations 

Black Joy:  Stories of Resistance, Resilience, and Restoration
by Tracey Michae'l Lewis-Giggetts

Join us and other community organizations for the 2024 Season of Nonviolence book discussions. This year’s selection is Tracey Michae'l Lewis-Giggetts' Black Joy: Stories of Resistance, Resilience, and Restoration.

In this collection of lyrical, autobiographical essays, Lewis-Giggetts shares how her sense of joy has evolved, even in the midst of trauma. She offers redemptive strength of joy in Black culture, challenging the one-note narrative of Black life as solely comprised of trauma and hardship.

The Father's Group Discussion Group
Tuesdays beginning January 2, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Contact Kenny Adams to register

Barber Library Discussion Group
Tuesdays beginning January 16, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Contact Cat Finney to register

Afrocentric Club Discussion Group
Thursdays beginning January 18, 5-6 p.m.
Hybrid (Zoom and in person)
Contact Marcus LeGrand to register

Trinity Episcopal Church Discussion Group
Thursdays beginning January 18, 3:30-5 p.m.
In person
Contact Betsy Warriner to register

COCC Diversity & Inclusion Discussion Group
Mondays beginning January 22, 5-6 p.m.
Contact Christy Walker to register

Unity Spiritual Community of Central Oregon Discussion Group
Tuesdays beginning February 13,  4:30-5:30 p.m.
In person
Contact Clare Kubota to register

Black Joy Book


Drum-Making Class:

Celebrating the Work of Frederick Douglass and Bob Marley

February 6, 4-5:30 p.m.
COCC Redmond Campus, Student Commons (RTEC)

Black History Month is celebrated in part because of the contributions of abolitionist Frederick Douglass and activist Bob Marley, who exposed racism, poverty, and violence
in the world while teaching all to passionately advocate for humanity.
Come celebrate their contributions by creating joy with this drum-making event. 

Space is limited. RSVP to Marcus LeGrand at or call 541-330-4376

F Douglass

B Marley

Blend: On Being Black in Bend

Film Screening

Friday, February 23, 6-8 p.m.
COCC Bend Campus
Hitchcock Auditorium-Pioneer 201

"Blend" is a documentary filmed and edited in Central Oregon that asks 10 Black Central Oregonians about their experiences living, working, and playing on the High Desert. Film creator Kenny Adams uses the film to explore and share uncensored lived experiences.


Author Event with Tracey Michae’l Lewis-Giggetts

Black Joy: A Strategy for Freedom, Healing, and Reckoning

Tuesday, February 20, 6 p.m.

Tracey-KeynoteCOCC Bend Campus
Wille Hall, Coats Campus Center 
Livestream also available

As the author of the 2023 NAACP Image Award-winning book, Black Joy: Stories of Resistance, Resilience, and Restoration, Tracey Michae’l Lewis-Giggetts will present a blueprint for making space for Black joy in the world, workplace, the classroom, and our neighborhoods. She will highlight how this is a form of wellness and liberation work that can and should be a core value in any and all diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.

Registration required for in-person and livestream.
Register Here!
ASL interpretation will be available in Wille Hall and live captioning will be available on livestream and recording. 

About Tracey M. Lewis-Giggetts

Tracey Michae’l Lewis-Giggetts offers those who read her work and hear
her speak an authentic experience; an opportunity to explore the race,
culture, identity, education, and faith/spirituality at the deepest levels.

She is the host of the podcast, HeARTtalk with Tracey Michae’l, and
founder of HeARTspace, a healing community created to serve those who
have experienced trauma of any kind through the use of storytelling and
the arts.

As a writer, Tracey has published twenty books including several
collaborations with numerous high-profile authors including Tabitha
Brown and Yusef Salaam. In 2021, Tracey became one of 20 writers who
contributed to the groundbreaking book, You are Your Best Thing:
Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience edited by
acclaimed researcher, Brene Brown, and founder of the MeToo Movement,
Tarana Burke. Her critically-acclaimed book, Black Joy: Stories of
Resistance, Resilience, and Restoration (Gallery/Simon and Schuster)
has received rave reviews from celebrities like Kerry Washington and
media outlets like Good Morning America, Essence Magazine, and
USA Today. Black Joy won the 2023 NAACP Image Award for
Outstanding Literary Work-Instructional. Her latest book is Then They
Came for Mine: Healing from the Trauma of Racial Violence which
has won the Wilbur Award for Excellence in Writing.


Student-Only Event

A Conversation with Tracey Michae’l Lewis-Giggetts

Tuesday, February 20, noon-1 p.m. 
Multicultural Center, Coats Campus Center, COCC Bend Campus 

Students are invited to join an informal conversation and Q & A with author, speaker, and thought leader Tracey Michae’l Lewis-Giggetts. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Feel free to bring a brown bag lunch. We also encourage COCC students to attend Tracey's 6 p.m. presentation in Wille Hall on February 20, 2024. 

Past Season of Nonviolence Speakers

2023: Ndaba Mandela & Ilyasah Shabazz 
2022: Winona LaDuke 
2021: Jelani Cobb 
2020: Ericka Huggins 
2019: Robin DiAngelo 
2018: Julissa Arce 
2017: Shakti Butler 
2016: john a. powell 
2015: Richard Blanco 
2014: Walidah Imarisha 
2013: Arun Gandhi 
2012: Carol Ruth Silver & Claude Albert Liggins
2011: Jimmy Santiago Baca
2010: Reyna Grande 
2009: David Bacon