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Talks on race and gender reform, vaccines, and the fate of food will be open to the public.

The Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program — an educational event series offered by the Central Oregon Community College Foundation — will present an all-virtual lineup this fall.


Central Oregon Community College Foundation's Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program

To register for any of the programs, which will be offered online, go to

WHAT: "The Great Tide of Humanity: Race and Gender Reform in 19th Century Concord, Massachusetts" panel discussion

WHEN: 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15

COST: $5

WHAT: "Vaccines: History, Science and Ethics" with bioethicist Jason Appel

WHEN: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28

COST: Free; registration required

WHAT: "The Fate of Food: What We'll Eat in a Bigger, Hotter, Smarter World" with journalist and author Amanda Little

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9

COST: $5

"Out of an abundance of caution and with a commitment to the long-term health and safety of our Central Oregon community, we knew we needed to program our upcoming season differently from those in the past," said Charlotte Gilbride, the program's coordinator. In response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, all events will be virtual through the end of 2020, and registration is required.

At 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, the series will kick off with "The Great Tide of Humanity: Race and Gender Reform in 19th Century Concord, Massachusetts." Tickets are $5. Organizers expect a lively panel discussion featuring historians and social rights activists discussing how Henry David Thoreau and his fellow transcendentalists sparked a philosophical and social justice revolution that continues to guide us today.

At 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, bioethicist Jacob M. Appel will share his presentation, "Vaccines: History, Science and Ethics." Since the development of smallpox vaccines in the 18th century, vaccination against illness has been the subject of both scientific pursuit and ethical debate. Many of these questions — relating to efficacy, risk and equitable access — have returned to the public eye in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. This talk will attempt to address these questions in a neutral and informative manner. Appel's talk will be free and open to the public; registration is required.

Rounding out the fall offerings at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, author and journalist Amanda Little will give a talk titled "The Fate of Food: What We'll Eat in a Bigger, Hotter, Smarter World." Little will share stories and insights from her travels through a dozen countries in search of shocking, funny and hopeful answers to the question, "How will we feed 9 billion people sustainably on a hotter, more populous planet?" Tickets are $5.

The college will continue to encourage its own community to attend by offering current COCC students free registration to all Visiting Scholar Program events.

The 2019-20 season marked the Visiting Scholar Program's 35th anniversary.

"We are excited about this fall's programming," added Gilbride. "It allows our community members from across COCC's 10,000-square-mile district — and beyond — to enjoy what the Visiting Scholars Program has to offer. People can hear world-class historians, journalists, academics, physicians, authors and more from the comfort and safety of their own homes."

To learn more and register, visit

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