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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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UPDATE: We have confirmed a new date for "The Fate of Food."  Amanda Little will be speaking at the Tower Theatre on Monday, November 9.

Please note: If you purchased tickets for the April 6 program your ticket will be transferred to the event on 11.9.20. If the new date doesn't work for you or if you are no longer interested in attending the program, please contact the Tower Box Office by phone Tuesday-Friday 9am-5pm at 541-317-0700 or email for a refund.

The Fate of Food: 

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Amanda Little - Author, Journalist & Educator

Monday, November 9, 7 p.m. 
Tower Theatre, Bend 

Tickets $15 -- Purchase tickets here

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.

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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.


 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

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U of O School of Journalism

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