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 Fall Programming 

The Electoral College: History, Controversy & How It Impacts the 2016 Electionnew southwell

Dr. Priscilla Southwell 
Professor of Political Science
Department Head, Political Science 
University of Oregon 

Wednesday, October 5, 6:30 p.m. 
Wille Hall, COCC Coats Campus Center, Bend 

Tickets $10
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Students free with ID card. 

The United States Electoral College will literally decide the upcoming presidential election. Please join us for an informative evening with University of Oregon Political Science Professor, Dr. Priscilla Southwell. Dr. Southwell will give us a historical and contemporary perspective on the Electoral College as well as cover the controversy surrounding it. She will tie her presentation into what is currently happening in the polls and how the Electoral College will affect the election. 

About Southwell 
Dr. Priscilla Lewis Southwell is a Professor of Political Science and Head of the Political Science Department at the University of Oregon. Her research interests include political behavior, US politics, and European politics. She received her B.A. and M.A. from University of Colorado at Boulder and her Ph.D. from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

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

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
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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 & Suites 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 
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Friday, November 4th, 6:00 p.m.
Wille Hall, COCC Coats Campus Center, Bend

Tickets $10
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Free tickets for COCC students and staff at Coats Campus Center Info Desk beginning 9/1/16.

Join us for an evening with award-winning author, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, who 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.

Divakaruni will be available for book signing after event. 

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, Deschutes Public Library, 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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  Marriott Fairfield Inn

World Muse

  Deschutes River Conservancy

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.

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