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 or 541-383-7257.

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Fall Programming  

Tuesday, October 8 thompson head shot
The 2020 Census: Why it Matters & What to Expect
with John Thompson - Former Director U.S. Census Bureau
Wille Hall, Coats Campus Center, COCC Bend. 6:30 p.m. 
Tickets: $10 -- Get your tickets here

Free student tickets are available in COCC's Student Life Office (Coats Campus Center) 

The 2020 Census results will be of great importance to our nation. They will be used for reapportioning Congress and the Electoral College. The results will also inform many other important functions of our country including: redrawing voting districts; allocating federal funds annually; informing policy development; providing critical information for state, local and tribal government planning; and supplying vital information to businesses to generate growth and jobs.

Inaccuracies or errors in the 2020 Census will have grave consequences for the subsequent 10-year period. Thompson will give a high-level description of Census methodology and discuss issues and potential problems ahead of the 2020 Census.

 Tuesday, October 29 Amy Harper headshot
Food is What Connects Us:  Immigration, Community & Activism at the Dinner Table
with Dr. Amy Harper - Professor of Anthropology, Central Oregon Community College 
Wille Hall, Coats Campus Center, COCC Bend, 6:30 p.m. 

FREE and OPEN to the public but we encourage you to RSVP here to reserve your seat. 

Much of the media coverage on global events today focuses on what divides us. Increasingly the rhetoric has become one of exclusion and protectionism. By focusing on a case study of neighborhood activists in Berlin, Germany, this talk will explore ways in which we can bridge differences by coming together to share meals.  We will explore ways in which food can be used to build community while celebrating diversity.


Monday, November 18Lulu garcia Navarro head shot
America -- A Global Perspective
with Lulu Garcia-Navarro, host of NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday
Tower Theatre, Bend, Oregon, 7:00 p.m.
Tickets $15 - tickets avialable by 9.4.19 at 

Free student tickets will be available in COCC's Student Life Office (Coats Campus Center) 

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro moved back to the U.S. after years abroad as a foreign correspondent in places like the Middle East and Latin America, that have been heavily impacted by US policy. How does the rest of the world see us and how do we see the world? She will share examples from her years of field reporting and from her current role as host of NPR's Sunday show.



Tuesday, December 3Kathryn Tucker headshot
Patient Rights at the End of Life: The Evolving Landscape of Law, Medicine & Policy
with Kathryn L. Tucker, Executive Director of the End of Life Liberty Project (ELLP)
Wille Hall, Coats Campus Center, COCC Bend, 6:30 p.m. 
Tickets: $10 -- available on this page by 9.3.19

Free student tickets will be available in COCC's Student Life Office (Coats Campus Center)

The rights of individuals approaching the end of life have evolved dramatically over the past 25 years, as modern medicine increasingly allows people to live longer.  What choices do patients have available to them to ensure that the final bit of their journey is consistent with their preferences, values and beliefs?  A veteran of nearly every battle to protect and expand the rights of terminally ill patients in the US in the past quarter century, Kathryn L. Tucker, JD, will discuss the evolution of law and policy governing end of life care, empowering attendees with information often hidden, which can aid in thinking about and planning for the final bit of the journey.


We have Judge Xiomara Torres' talk, "Once an Undocumented Immigrant & Foster Child: Now an Oregon Judge," from February 21 available to view on-line.

Watch Judge Torres' talk here 


Sponsors of The Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program:

Central Oregon Community College

Old Mill District

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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Accessibility IconIn advance of College events, persons needing accommodation or transportation because of a physical or mobility disability, contact Joe Viola: 541-383-7775. For accommodation because of other disability such as hearing impairment, contact the office of Disability Services at 541-383-7583.