COCC Hosts Season of Nonviolence Events

To honor the work of advocates of social justice and nonviolent change, Central Oregon Community College is helping to sponsor several events as part of COCC’s King, Gandhi, Chavez and Mankiller Season of Nonviolence.


jimcrowBook Discussion: The New Jim Crow:  Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness

  • Mondays, Feb. 11 and Feb. 25, Noon – 1pm
  • Room 118 Cascades Hall, OSU-Cascades, Bend Campus
  • In her book, The New Jim Crow, acclaimed civil rights lawyer Michelle Alexander explores the cultural biases that still exist and how segregation has been replaced by mass incarceration. Join James Foster, OSU professor, for the next two discussions of this book.

Arun Gandhi:  Nonviolence and Social Justice: Lessons I learned from my Grandfather

  • Wednesday, Feb. 20, 6:30pm
  • Wille Hall, Campus Center, COCC Bend Campus
  • Arun shares the simple, yet powerful, lessons that Mahatma taught him; lessons that made him aware of the depth and breadth of the philosophy of nonviolence and how we can become the change we wish to see in the world.
  • Free; donations at the door appreciated
  • Private reception to follow: $25; call 541-383-7257 for details and to register.

Hunger Banquet

  • Tuesday, Feb. 26, noon – 1pm
  • Wille Hall, Campus Center
  • Free educational event to raise awareness about global hunger.
  • Sponsored by Oxfam America, an international poverty-relief nonprofit that helps raise awareness about global hunger

Debating Fairly: Civility, Disagreement and Democracy: A Conversation with Prakash Chenjeri and Daniel Morris

  • Wednesday, Feb. 27, 6:30pm
  • Wille Hall, Campus Center
    • Southern Oregon University professors Daniel Morris and Prakash Chenjeri will facilitate a conversation exploring what it means to be civil and to examine the related ideas of civil society, civic life and citizenship.

Conversations About Books and Culture: “What’s Going On?” by Nathan McCall

  • Discussion facilitated  by Gordon Price, Director of Student Life
  • February 28, noon – 1pm
  • Multicultural Center, COCC Campus Center, Bend Campus
  • With the same personal authority and exhilarating directness he brought to his account of his passage from a prison cell to the newsroom of The Washington Post, Nathan McCall delivers a series of front-line reports on the state of the races in today’s America.

All events are free and open to the public. For information, call 541-383-7412. www.cocc.edu.


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