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.

If you would like to receive email notification of upcoming events, subscribe here.

Find Us on Facebook sm
Like the Visiting Scholar Program on Facebook for speaker announcements and updates.  


Coming Programming


SAYING YES TO CHANGE  -- A Guide for Times of Transition 

Richard Groves headshot Professor Richard Groves 
Founder, Sacred Art of Living Center

Tuesday, April 11                   
6:30 - 8 p.m. 
Wille Hall, COCC Coats Campus Center, Bend Campus                 

Change is both scary and a fact of life -- after all, everything in life eventually comes to an end. But times of transition and deep change are also potential doorways to reengaging with life in new ways. This presentation is about cutting edge research in psychology and neuroscience regarding how we can positively approach the many types of change that everyone encounters. The program will include practical and inspirational skills for navigating life's challenging transitions with grace and confidence. 

Tickets $10
PURCHASE TICKETS HERE
Students are free with ID card 

About Groves
Professor Richard Groves is an internationally respected teacher of the sacred art of living and dying. A chaplain for more than twenty-five years, Richard speaks nine languages and has earned graduate degrees in theology, ethics, world religions and law. He is the founder of the Sacred Art of Living Center in Bend.

This program is sponsored by The Sacred Art of Living and ASCOCC.



A Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program in the Northwest  Mario Sifuentez larger

Dr. Mario Sifuentez
Assistant Professor of History
School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts, University of California, Merced

Monday, April 24                    
6:00 p.m. 
High Desert Museum, 59800 South Hwy 97                     

The Bracero Program was a bilateral agreement between the United States and Mexico to import guest workers to alleviate labor shortages in agriculture during World War II. Dr. Sifuentez will discuss the uniqueness of the program in the Pacific Northwest and examine how it set the pattern for future migration to Oregon, Idaho and Washington.

Tickets: 
$7 general public
$3 for High Desert Museum members 
Students are free with ID card 

Please RSVP here and pay at the door  

About Sifuentez
The son of immigrant farm workers from Mexico, Dr. Sifuentez grew up in rural Oregon. He graduated with a triple major in History, Ethnic Studies, and Political Science and received his Masters in History from the University of Oregon. He received his PhD in American Studies at Brown University. His dissertation about Mexican workers in the Pacific Northwest has been developed into a forthcoming book from Rutgers University Press.  His current project focuses on farm workers, water rights, and food equity in the Central Valley.

This program is co-organized by  Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program and the High Desert Museum and sponsored by Brooks Resources Corporation 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. 








Sponsors Of The Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program:


  Oregon Humanities 200 pixels

Deschutes Cultural Coalition logo

  Marriott Fairfield Inn


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.

In this Section