Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program

The Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program was established in 1985 by the late Robert W. Chandler, Sr. to honor his wife, Nancy. The program brings renowned scholars to the Central Oregon region to present a balanced and broad-based scope of programming in the form of lectures, forums and interactive workshops. In doing so, we hope to encourage stimulating conversations that broaden our community's perspectives and perceptions.

For more information about the program or its upcoming events, please contact Charlotte Gilbride, the Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program Coordinator at 541-383-7257.

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Coming Programming: 2017 Season of Nonviolence 


The Space Between Us: Immigrants, Refugees and Oregon Padilla smiling resize
a Conversation with Manuel Padilla 

Wednesday, March 8
6:30 - 8 pm. Wille Hall, Coats Campus Center, COCC Bend Campus 

FREE and OPEN to the public. Please  RSVP here to reserve your seat. 

Global displacement is on the rise, thanks to intractable conflicts, economics, and climate change. Oregonians have and will continue to see the impacts of international migration in our neighborhoods. In this conversation, Manuel Padilla, who has worked with refugees in Haiti, Chad, and Washington, DC, asks participants to consider questions of uprootedness, hospitality, identity, perception, and integration and how we might build more informed, responsive, resilient, and vibrant communities.

About Padilla
Manuel Padilla has a BA in philosophy from Portland State University and an MA in peace, conflict, and development studies from the UNESCO Chair for the Philosophy of Peace. He has done peace work in Haiti, Chad, and Washington, DC, working with internally displaced people, immigrants, and refugees. Currently he implements reconciliation workshops in refugee contexts with the Jesuit Refugee Service, works with youth through restorative justice frameworks, and volunteers with Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon’s Circles of Support and Accountability program. 

This is an Oregon Humanities Conversation Project and is made  possible by the generous support of Oregon Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Oregon Cultural Trust.

This conversation is co-organized by COCC Multicultural Activities and Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program and generously sponsored by Brooks Resources Corporation, Deschutes Brewery, Oregon Humanities, Deschutes Cultural Coalition, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott and ASCOCC.


For those of who missed our Season of Nonviolence keynote speaker, Dr. Shakti Butler, we have the below links to her presentations and workshops. 


Irresistible Justice-Cultivating Joy as a Pathway to Equity. Part I

Irresistible Justice - Cultivating Joy as a Pathway to Equity. Part 2

Strategic Questioning for Social Change- A Workshop on Tools to Address Inequity. Part 1 





Sponsors Of The Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program:


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  Marriott Fairfield Inn


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