As part of the University of Texas at El Paso’s Centennial Celebration, The Centennial Museum and Welcome Center, in conjunction with UTEP Faculty Member Kathleen Key, will present “An Evening with Lisa Napoli” at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12.
Napoli is the author of “Radio Shangri-La: What I Discovered on my Accidental Journey to the Happiest Kingdom on Earth.” A question-and-answer session, along with a book signing, will follow the lecture.
“Radio Shangri-La” is a true account of Napoli’s time spent in Bhutan. “Napoli was in the grip of a crisis, dissatisfied with her life and her work as a radio journalist. When a chance encounter with a handsome stranger presented her with an opportunity to move halfway around the world, Lisa left behind cosmopolitan Los Angeles for a new adventure in the ancient Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan—said to be one of the happiest places on earth. Thousands of miles away from everything and everyone she knows, Lisa creates a new community for herself. As she helps to start Bhutan’s first youth-oriented radio station, Kuzoo FM, she must come to terms with her conflicting feelings about the impact of the medium on a country that had been shielded from its effects. Immersing herself in Bhutan’s rapidly changing culture, Lisa realizes that her own perspective on life is changing as well—and that she is discovering the sense of purpose and joy that she has been yearning for.” (Source: “Radio Shangri-La.”)
During her visit to UTEP, Napoli will also speak to multiple classes in the Entering Student Program about her experiences in Bhutan.
Read more about Lisa Napoli on her website: lisanapoli.com.
About Lisa Napoli:
Before Lisa Napoli went to Bhutan to start a radio station and wrote the resulting book, Radio Shangri-La, she’d worked for CNN, The New York Times, MSNBC, and the public radio show
Marketplace — in that order, and with a variety of other jobs in between. Now, she is an arts and culture host at the public radio station KCRW in Santa Monica, CA, and is at work on a biography of the late philanthropist, Mrs. Joan Kroc. Lisa grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., and graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass. She loves doing volunteer work, and leads a cooking group on Skid Row at the Downtown Women’s Center.
What: “An Evening with Lisa Napoli,” author of “Radio Shangri-La: What I Discovered on my Accidental Journey to the Happiest Kingdom on Earth.”
When: 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12.
Where: Centennial Museum and Welcome Center, corner of Wiggins Road and University Avenue on the UTEP campus.
Maribel Villalva is the executive director of UTEP's Centennial Celebration and the director of its Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens.