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 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 look at 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.

Sponsored by Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund and Associated Students of COCC. 

About Harper 
Amy Harper received her PhD in cultural anthropology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 2002. Dr. Harper’s academic interests focus on the ways in which social structures shape identity and give contour to notions of belonging and marginalization.  With a geographic focus on Europe, she has explored the various ways in which gender, sexuality, race, religion, and immigration intersect.  She most recently returned from a sabbatical in Berlin, Germany where she conducted research on the intersection of food, immigration, and activism.


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 - Get your tickets here 

Free student tickets are 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 correspondent in places like the Middle East and Latin America, that have been heavily impacted by US foreign 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.

Presenting Sponsor: University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication. Additional support from COCC Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Cascades Academy of Central Oregon, Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund, Associated Students of COCC, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, The Bulletin and The Source.

About Garcia-Navarro 
Lourdes “Lulu” Garcia-Navarro delivers news and imaginative story-telling to public radio’s flagship Sunday program. Before joining the Sunday morning team, she served as NPR correspondent based in Brazil, Israel, Mexico, and Iraq. As NPR’s first Latina host of a news program, Garcia-Navarro brings the perspective of years in the field in Latin America, joining it with what is happening on the ground among the Hispanic community in the US.

Garcia-Navarro has been awarded two Peabodies, a Dupont, an OPC, an Edward R Murrow, and two Gracies. In 2011, she was also honored by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for her outstanding contribution to Public Radio.

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 -- Get your tickets here 

Free student tickets are 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.

Sponsored by Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund and Associated Students of COCC. 

About Tucker
Prior to founding ELLP, Kathryn Tucker was Executive Director of the Disability Rights Legal Center (DRLC.). Tucker also served as Director of Advocacy and Legal Affairs for Compassion & Choices, working to improve care and expand choice at the end of life. She has held faculty appointments Loyola, the University of Washington, Seattle University and Lewis & Clark Schools of Law, teaching in the areas of law, medicine and ethics, with a focus on the end of life. 

Ms. Tucker played a key role in successfully defending the Oregon Death with Dignity Act, representing the patient plaintiffs in proceedings before the Supreme Court of the United States.

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

mt bachelor rotary

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CACO logo  

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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.