Upcoming Programs and Events

The Center has some extraordinary programs and events planned for the balance of this year and into the next, with a plan to add even more in the coming months.

 

Napa Center for Thought & Culture Sunday, September 22, 2019, 4:00pm – 5:30pm
BOOK LAUNCH & DISCUSSION: “REFUGEES IN AMERICA,” BY RABBI LEE BYCEL
Co-Sponsored: Napa Center for Thought and Culture and Congregation Beth Shalom
Venue: Congregation Beth Shalom
Registration is required; Tickets (free) 

“Refugees in America” is a timely, important, and deeply moving testament to the profound ways in which refugees have enriched our nation. By letting refugees tell their stories, Rabbi Lee Bycel reminds us of their humanity and our responsibilities to help them. You may pre-order the book through Napa Bookmine: elayna@napabookmine.com.
Napa Center for Thought & Culture November 14, 2019, 7:00pm
KATYA CENGEL – BOOK REVIEW: From Chernobyl with Love: Reporting from the Ruins of the Soviet Union
Co-Sponsored: Napa Center for Thought and Culture and Bookmine
Venue: Bookmine
Free

Cengel first took a job at the Baltic Times just seven years after Latvia regained its independence. The idea of a free press in the Eastern Bloc was still so promising that she ultimately moved to the Ukraine. From there Cengel made several trips to Chernobyl, site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster. It was at Chernobyl that she met her fiancé, but as she fell in love, the Ukraine collapsed into what would become the Orange Revolution, bringing it to the brink of political disintegration and civil war. Ultimately, this fall of idealism in the East underscores Cengel’s own loss of innocence. From Chernobyl with Love is an indelible portrait of this historical epoch and a memoir of the highest order.
Napa Center for Thought & Culture Sunday, January 26, 2020
ALONG THE TRADE ROUTE: VIOLINS OF HOPE
Venue: Jarvis Conservatory
Tickets: $30 – $65

For more than 20 years, Tel Aviv violin maker Amnon Weinstein and his son Avshalom have collected and restored instruments played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust — instruments often lost or abandoned as their owners attempted to escape the atrocities of World War II. The instruments lived on as their owners perished.  To tell the long-forgotten stories of these stringed instruments and the people who played them, the Weinsteins created Violins of Hope, a traveling project dedicated to their collection of more than 60 restored violins, violas and cellos. On January 26th, eight violinists will tell stories and play five violins from the collection.
Napa Center for Thought & Culture February 19, 2020
HEATHER BOOTH: CHANGING THE WORLD 
Venue: CIA Copia

We’re honored to not only have the film “Heather Booth: Changing the World,” but also, Heather Booth herself! Heather will talk about the film and answer questions. She is an American civil rights activist, feminist, and political strategist who has been involved in activism for progressive causes.
Napa Center for Thought & Culture March 16, 2020
DR. CHIP FLETCHER: CLIMATE CHANGE
Venue: CIA Copia

Dr. Charles “Chip” Fletcher is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, at the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), University of Hawai’i at Manoa. He is also Vice-Chair of Honolulu Climate Change Commission.
Napa Center for Thought & Culture May 3, 2020
JODI KLUGMAN-RABB: DISCOVERING YOUR TRUE PARENTAL IDENTITY
Venue: Congregation Beth Shalom

With easy access to DNA testing or learning of adoption, newly revealed family secrets are changing the landscape of family relationships, identity and sense of belonging. Jodi Klugman-Rabb, LMFT, LPC will speak on Parental Identity Discovery and the findings behind DNA tests and how to find the information and process what you discover. Jodi will share her own personal experience in being able to identify her own biological father.
Napa Center for Thought & Culture May 14, 2020
CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORMS: DUELING OPINIONS
Venue: Congregation Beth Shalom