From Community Secrets to Public Apology: Lessons from The High Road

Wille Hall, Coats Campus Center, COCC Bend Campus 2600 NW College Way, Bend, OR, United States

Following World War II, the names of 16 veterans were removed from a public honor roll in Oregon. All were Japanese Americans who served our country while their families were incarcerated on American soil. In 2022, the Oregon Legislature passed a bill to dedicate the Oregon Nisei Veterans WWII Memorial Highway in Hood River. Join …

$5 – $10

Art, Social Justice and the Radical Imaginary with Favianna Rodriguez

Wille Hall, Coats Campus Center, COCC Bend Campus 2600 NW College Way, Bend, OR, United States

Join Artist Favianna Rodriguez as she shares her artistic practice and discusses how art can inspire, educate, and help spur the imagination beyond the realms of what politics can do. Rodriguez believes culture change precedes political change, and therefore, we must build vibrant cultural movements that catalyze social justice, inspire new ways of thinking and …

$5 – $10

An Evening with Author TJ Klune

Wille Hall, Coats Campus Center, COCC Bend Campus 2600 NW College Way, Bend, OR, United States

Award-winning and New York Times best-selling author TJ Klune will share his story of being queer and neurodiverse while coming of age in rural Oregon in the '90s as well as many other experiences that shaped his life and his writings. Fantasy fiction author of The House in the Cerulean Sea, The Extraordinaries, and more, …

Black Joy: A Strategy for Freedom, Healing, and Reckoning with Tracey Michae’l Lewis-Giggetts

Wille Hall, Coats Campus Center, COCC Bend Campus 2600 NW College Way, Bend, OR, United States

As the author of the 2023 NAACP Image Award winning book, Black Joy: Stories of Resistance, Resilience, and Restoration, Tracey Michae’l Lewis-Giggetts will present a blueprint for how we all can intentionally make space for Black joy in the world, workplace, the classroom, and our neighborhoods. She will highlight how this is a form of …

Central Oregon Community College’s State of the College Address

Wille Hall, Coats Campus Center, COCC Bend Campus 2600 NW College Way, Bend, OR, United States

Learn about COCC’s current priorities, goals and key initiatives. The State of the College is an opportunity for regional leaders, partners, community members, students, and college faculty and staff to learn about COCC’s current priorities, goals and key initiatives. This event will also be livestreamed on COCC's YouTube channel. The presentation will be recorded for those …

Allyship, Genderless Mothering & Self-Transformation with Jodie Patterson

Wille Hall, Coats Campus Center, COCC Bend Campus 2600 NW College Way, Bend, OR, United States

Jodie Patterson explores the lithe art of Genderless Mothering - a unique form of social activism that embraces feminism, Black pride, and LGBTQIA+ activism. Patterson will share her personal story as a thought leader and mother of five, and introduce attendees to the Human Rights Campaign for a comprehensive overview of America’s state of affairs …

Free but registration required

Climate Change and Human Migration

Wille Hall, Coats Campus Center, COCC Bend Campus 2600 NW College Way, Bend, OR, United States

Join us as David Wrathall, Ph.D. shares the findings from his role as a lead author of the UN’s latest climate assessment and learn how the changing climate will alter migration patterns and impact societies around the world. Wrathall researches human migration in response to various climate change hazards, including sea level rise, tropical weather …

$5 – $10

Birth to 100 Years: Embracing the Opportunities and Challenges of a Century-Long Life

Wille Hall, Coats Campus Center, COCC Bend Campus 2600 NW College Way, Bend, OR, United States

As many as half of those born in the U.S. in 2000 or after can expect to live to the age of 100. Join us to learn about the impacts longevity has on our society, both internationally and locally. Dr. Marvin Kaiser, who has traveled the world observing how seniors thrive, will present on current …

$5 – $10

Meet Louise DiTullio and Burnette Dillon, Film Musicians Extraordinaire!

Wille Hall, Coats Campus Center, COCC Bend Campus 2600 NW College Way, Bend, OR, United States

Married musical power-couple Louise DiTullio, flute, and Dr. Burnette Dillon, trumpet, have performed on the cutting edge of film music. If you have watched a movie made in the last 40 years, you have probably heard one if not both of them. Now retired, they are happy to tell stories and answer questions, appearing in …

Cascade Winds’ 2023 Meet and Greet for Young People

Wille Hall, Coats Campus Center, COCC Bend Campus 2600 NW College Way, Bend, OR, United States

The Cascade Winds Symphonic Band will hold its Meet and Greet for young people on Thursday evening, May 18th, at 6:00PM in Wille Hall on the Bend COCC Campus. The event offers 50 youngsters the experience of what it’s like to be a part of a large musical ensemble. The event is free. The Meet …

Food Justice at the Intersection of Food, Politics, Art, and Culture with Bryant Terry

Wille Hall, Coats Campus Center, COCC Bend Campus 2600 NW College Way, Bend, OR, United States

Bryant Terry will take us on a journey of his more than two-decade career as a chef, author, publisher, and community builder committed to creating a healthful, just, and sustainable food system. From grassroots organizing to book publishing, Terry has employed cultural strategy, centering art, storytelling, media, and cooking to bring about social change. Through …

$5 – $20