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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Thanks to our generous sponsors, our incredible speakers and all of our students and community members who participated, we had another successful speaker series during the 2015-2016 academic year.

A BIG thank you to our annual sponsors:

Brooks Resources Corporation

Deschutes Brewery


Associated Students of COCC

OSU-Cascades Student Fee Committee

A recap of some of the amazing programming we hosted:

Dr. Nicolae Morar, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies, University of Oregon -- Our Microbes ARE Us: A Conceptual Ecology of the Human Microbiome

Alison Wright, Social Documentary Photographer - Women Swimming Upstream: The Global Empowerment of Women at Work in the Developing World

Dr. Julia Dolan, Minor White Curator of Photography, Portland Art Museum -- Then and Now: Edward Curtis, Early 20th Century Photography and Contemporary Native American Responses

john a. powell, Executive Director, Haas Institute for a Fair & Inclusive Society, US Berkeley -- Opening the Question of Race to the Question of Belonging

Julia Hammond, Writer & Educator -- How Much Inequality is Acceptable?

Dr. Thomas Painter, Scientist, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab -- Entering a New Era of Water Science & Management

Jimmy Santiago Baca, Poet, Screenwriter -- Poetry Saved My Life...Literally

Margaret Bullock, Curator of Collections and Special Exhibitions, Tacoma Art Museum -- Public Treasures: WPA Artworks in Oregon

Nawzad Othman, Former Chair, World Affairs Council of Oregon -- Agony and Hope in the Middle East

Coming Fall Programming

Ukiyo-e: Japanese Pop Culture and ‘The Floating World’

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Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History, Willamette University

Tuesday, October 11, 7:00 p.m.
Wille Hall, COCC Coats Campus Center, Bend

Tickets $10. On sale 9/1/16.
Students are free with ID card.

During the Edo period (1603-1868) in Japan, the rising middle class favored a new art form—woodblock prints. Ukiyo-e, or ‘pictures of the Floating World’, was the pop culture of the day, depicting the pleasures and interests of up-to-the minute, urban life — including the world of kabuki actors, beautiful courtesans, dramatic and heartbreaking tales, and famous sites popularized by the mania for travel. Join us as Dr. Ann Wetherell discusses and explores the social and political context of Japanese woodblock prints spanning three centuries.

This program complements the upcoming exhibit at A6,Opening Japan: Three Centuries of Japanese Prints, which opens September 2 and runs through November 20.

About Wetherell
Dr. Wetherell is an art historian specializing in Asian art with a research emphasis on Chinese painting. She currently teaches courses in the art and architecture of China, Japan, and South Asia at Willamette University in Salem. She serves on the board of ASPAC (Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast) and the Northwest China Council. She earned her B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Oregon.

This program is co-presented by A6 and generously sponsored by Brooks Resources, Deschutes Brewery, Fairfield Inn by Marriott, ASCOCC and OSU-Cascades Student Fee Committee.

Bridging Differences in a New Culture: An Immigrant’s Journey

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Author, Poet, Activist, Creative Writing Professor at University of Houston
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Friday, November 4th, 6:00 p.m.
Wille Hall, COCC Coats Campus Center, Bend

Tickets $10. On sale 9/1/16
Free student tickets at CCC Info Desk beginning 9/1/16.

Join us for an evening with award-winning author, poet, activist and teacher, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. Divakaruni will speak on how her emigration from India to the United States turned her into a writer as she tried to make sense of the very different world in which she found herself. She will share her immigrant experience through the themes found in her books: loneliness, the desire to conform, the excitement of a new country, acts of racism, loss of family, and new possibilities as a woman.

About Divakaruni
Indian American writer Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s books have been translated into 29 languages, and her work has appeared in over a hundred magazines and anthologies. She has won an American Book Award and a Light of India award. Divakaruni teaches Creative Writing at the University of Houston and writes for both adults and children. In 2015, she was chosen by the Economic Times for their list Twenty Most Influential Global Indian Women. Her latest novel, Before We Visit the Goddess, came out in April 2016.

This program is co-presented by COCC Multicultural Activities and generously sponsored by Brooks Resources, Deschutes Brewery, Old Mill District, ASCOCC and OSU-Cascades Student Fee Committee.

Sponsors Of The Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program:

Oregon Humanities

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Fairfield inn

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