Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program
The Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program (VSP) of the Central Oregon Community College Foundation brings renowned scholars, lecturers and experts to our region to provide broad-based programming on a diverse range of subjects. VSP's mission is to provide educational and relevant programming to COCC, its students and the community.
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, the Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program Coordinator at email@example.com or 541-383-7257.
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Local Couple Donates Towards Scholarships for Students of Color after Attending Season of Nonviolence Programming
Central Oregon residents, Marie and David Suhre, recently made a generous donation to COCC Foundation for scholarship support for members of the Afrocentric, Latinx and Native American student clubs.
The Suhre’s, who have lived in Central Oregon since 2011, have enjoyed attending many COCC community events especially those during the Season of Nonviolence hosted by COCC’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program.
“The Season of Nonviolence speakers and community book discussions were excellent and helped to open our eyes to our own white privilege and to the systemic racism in our country,” said Marie Suhre. “We wanted to do something to help level the playing field for students of color.”
“We are firm believers in the value of a community college education. We believe education can change lives,” said David Suhre. “We hope this donation will help change some lives.”
Thank you Marie and David!
Results of May 2020 Survey
The Visiting Scholar Program sent out an on-line survey in May to gather opinions on the program and to help us as we plan for future programming.
Celebrating 35 Years of Programming
We are extremely proud that The Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program has been delivering programming to Central Oregon students and community members for 35 years. We have just completed our 2019-2020 season and it was one to remember! We gathered to listen, learn, discuss, and think about many important topics. Thanks to our speakers, our sponsors and to all of you for making this season a success. We are already looking forward to next season!
The Fate of Food:
What We'll Eat in a Bigger, Hotter, Smarter World
Amanda Little - Author, Journalist & Professor
Monday, November 9, 7 p.m.
EVENT WILL NOW BE VIRTUAL
Registration details will be posted on this page by 9.1.20
This event is no longer at the Tower Theatre. If you have purchased tickets through the Tower Theatre, you will receive an email from the Tower with refund information.
The single biggest threat of climate change is the collapse of food systems. Climate models show that crop production will decline sharply due to drought, heat, and flooding. Water supplies are in jeopardy. Meanwhile, the world’s population is expected to grow 30 percent by midcentury. How will we feed 9 billion people sustainably on a hotter, more populous planet?
Amanda Little will share stories and insights from her travels through a dozen countries in search of answers to this question. This was a deep, transformative education, by turns shocking, funny, and powerfully hopeful. She explored old and radically new approaches to food production while charting the growth of a movement that could redefine sustainability on a grand scale.
About Amanda Little
Amanda Little is the author of The Fate of Food: What We’ll Eat in a Bigger, Hotter, Smarter World, an adventure into the lands, minds and machines shaping the future of sustainable food. Little's first book was Power Trip: The Story of America's Love Affair with Energy. She has a particular fondness for far-flung and hard-to-stomach reporting that takes her to ultradeep oil rigs, into sewage plants, and inside monsoon clouds. Little has written about energy, technology, and the environment for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, among others. She has interviewed figures ranging from Barack Obama to Lindsey Graham and has been interviewed by journalists including Terri Gross and Fareed Zakaria. She is a Professor of Journalism and Science Writing at Vanderbilt University.
This program is sponsored by The Bulletin, The Environmental Center, Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund and the Associated Students of COCC.
Ericka Huggins - Spiritual Activism & Social Justice
We would like to share a video recording of this year's Season of Nonviolence keynote speaker, Ericka Huggins. Ericka spoke to a sold out audience in February. She shared her insight, her story, her life's work, her wisdom and her love. For those of you who were able to attend, we think you will enjoy hearing her again. For those of you who couldn't attend, you are in for a treat!
For more information on Ericka, visit her web site here.
SPOTLIGHT on VSP Alumni -- What are our past speakers doing now?
During this time of virtual and distance learning, we thought it would be fun to feature some of our past VSP speakers and let you know what they are doing now. Hope you enjoy!
Dr. Robin DiAngelo
In January 2019, The Visiting Scholar Program hosted Author and Critical Racial & Social Justice Educator, Robin DiAngelo for "Seeing the Racial Water" to a sold out audience at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Bend.
DiAngelo's New York Times best-selling book, "White Fragility," is a historical and cultural analyses on what causes defensive moves by white people and how this inhibits cross-racial dialogue. "White Fragility" was published in 2018 and has been on the New York Times best-seller list for over 92 weeks.
Robin DiAngelo has recently added a reading guide for the book on her web site. Download the free reading guide to White Fragility here.
In May 2018, we hosted former Congressman David Jolly (R-FL) for "Healing the Partisan Divide." The same year, he left the Republican Party to become an independent. He works as a political contributor for NBC News and MSNBC and refers to himself as a Bull Mooser. (This is in reference to a 3rd political party, The Progressive Party, formed by former President Theodore Roosevelt after he lost the Republican nomination in 1912). Jolly is currently authoring his first book.
This month, Jolly was named executive chairman of the Serve America Movement (SAM). SAM is a new national political party committed to transparency, accountability, fundamental electoral process reform and problem solving with the stated goals of advancing greater competition and accountability in state and national politics, and to build cross-partisan consensus around issues. SAM members share a set of universal principles and one ultimate goal: to fix a system that they believe has been corrupted by the mainstream parties and the people who prop them up.
Dr. Shakti Butler
Rooted in love and justice, World Trust produces films, curricula, workshops and programs that are catalysts for institutional, structural and cultural change. World Trust produces educational films and individuals are able to rent the films on-line. See the available films here.
In October 2017, we hosted Author & Journalist Beth Macy for "Reporting from the Margins" at the Tower Theatre. During her presentation that evening, she mentioned that her next book was going to take a deep look at the national opioid crisis.
The book, "Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Companies that Addicted America" was published in 2018 and the paperback version was released in 2019. It was an instant bestseller, garnering positive reviews, lots of radio and TV coverage — including an interview on Fresh Air — and a television series option with Fox 21 Studios and Warren Littlefield. It also won the L.A. Times Book Prize award for science and technology, and was short-listed for The Kirkus Prize and the Andrew Carnegie Medal.
Tom Hanks called the book "another deep -- and deeply needed -- look into the troubled soul of America."
Beth is still writing about this issue -- she recently released an audio documentary for Audible Original called "Finding Tess: A Mother's Search for Answers in a Dopesick America" about how systems abandon those with substance use disorder.
john a. powell
In January 2016, we hosted Director of the Othering and Belonging Institute (formerly Hass Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society) at UC Berkeley john a. powell for "Opening the Question of Race to the Question of Belonging."
In Fall 2018, the Othering & Belonging Institute launched the Who Belongs? podcast demonstrating their commitment to public dialogue.
Since his presentation at COCC, Professor powell has been developing the concept of "targeted universalism." In May 2019, the Institute released its first primer on its framework. Targeted universalism is an approach that supports the needs of the particular while reminding us that we are all part of the same social fabric. It provides a roadmap to design policy that can serve groups otherwise excluded, while also promising to improve outcomes for people situated in relatively privileged positions. Read more here.
Dr. Anton Treuer
In November 2016, Professor and Author Dr. Anton Treuer presented "Everything You Wanted to Know about Indians but Were Afraid to Ask" on the Bend Campus. The next day he did a faculty training at the Redmond campus and a language workshop at the Madras Campus.
His equity, education, and cultural work continues to put him on a path of service around the nation and the world. Dr. Treuer released a new book this year, "The Language Warrior's Manifesto: How to Keep Our Languages Alive No Matter the Odds." Anton Treuer has been at the forefront of the battle to revitalize the Ojibwe language for many years. In his new book, he discusses the interrelationship between language and culture, the problems of language loss, strategies and tactics for resisting, and the inspiring stories of successful language warriors.
Watch Anton Treuer's Tedx Talk: Thriving in Indian Country: What’s In the Way and How Do We Overcome.
In October 2015, we hosted photojournalist and National Geographic Traveler of the Year, Alison Wright, for "Women Swimming Upstream: The Global Power of Women at Work in the Developing World" to a sold out audience at the Tower Theatre.
Wright has continued to globally document endangered cultures and issues concerning the human condition and published a new book, "The Human Tribe," in 2017.
Lately, we have enjoyed following her on Instagram where she has been beautifully documenting life in New York City during the pandemic. See Wright's latest photos and follow Alison Wright Photo on Instagram here.
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