Wine & Wisdom series returns at Basalt Cellars and via Zoom

An Asotin County Library program that pairs speakers with a chance to sip local wines returns next week and continues through August with in-person and virtual events.

All Wine & Wisdom events, presented by Humanities Washington and Clarkston’s Basalt Cellars, start at 6:30 p.m., beginning with an in-person presentation Tuesday, Aug. 2, at the Basalt Cellars tasting room, 906 Port Drive.

Richard Middleton-Kaplan, former dean of arts and sciences at Walla Walla Community College, will discuss “Humanity in Print: Literature and Human Rights.”

Washington State University sociology professor Jennifer Sherman will speak at the next installment there Aug. 16, presenting “Diamonds in the Rough: The Gentrification of Rural Washington.”

Registration is required at for the series’ two Zoom presentations and closes at 5 p.m. the day of the event. Those attending virtually can mention their participation in Wine & Wisdom to receive 10% off a purchase at Basalt Cellars.

Fern Naomi Renville will speak Aug. 9 on “American Democracy’s Indigenous Roots and Future.” Renville is a Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota, Omaha and Seneca-Cayuga storyteller, theater director and playwright.

Michelle Liu, a WSU English professor and associate director of writing programs at the University of Washington will present Aug. 23 about “What Laughter Tells Us: Asian Americans, Comedy, and Belonging.”

Masks are recommended for the in-person events. The library will monitor local COVID-19 infection rates and comply with local, state and federal recommendations for in-person gatherings on the day of the event, according to a library news release.