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Leadership Lecture Series with BOOK PASSAGE

The Institute for Leadership Studies (ILS) "Leadership Lecture Series", in partnership with Book Passage, hosts lectures that actively engage the community in socially relevant discussions and calls to action. This popular series features lectures on topics related to individual, organizational and/or social change inspired by effective leadership.


Each semester, the Institute for Leadership studies hosts the Leadership Lectures Series, in partnership with Book Passage, highlights extraordinary individual, organizational and societal leadership. Generously sponsored by Private Ocean - Personal, Powerful Wealth Management, this popular series features lectures on topics related to individual, organizational and/or social change inspired by effective leadership.

The Lecture Series seeks to promote constructive change in our community and its organizations by bringing to Dominican University of California some of the country’s leading figures from the world of business, politics, entertainment, academia, and literature.

  • Enjoy videos and podcasts from our past lectures.
  • Watch on TV: Most of the lectures are re-broadcast by the Community Media Center of Marin on Wednesday nights at 8PM on Marin TV Education Channel 30 (Comcast).


Spring 2014 Lectures


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An Evening with Alex Pentland

Wed., Feb. 5, 7:00 pm • Free and open to the public • Priority seating with book purchase

If the Big Data revolution has a presiding genius, it is MIT's Alex "Sandy" Pentland. Over years of groundbreaking experiments, he has distilled remarkable discoveries significant enough to become the bedrock of a whole new scientific field: social physics. Social Physics: How Good Ideas Spread - The Lessons From a New Science ($27.95) will change the way we think about how we learn and how our social groups work.


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An Evening with Isabel Allende 

Thurs., Feb. 6, 7:00 pm • Ticket price of $32 includes a signed book.

Isabel Allende, the New York Times bestselling author of Maya's Notebook, Island Beneath the Sea—demonstrates her remarkable literary versatility with Ripper, an atmospheric, fast-paced mystery involving a brilliant teenage sleuth who must unmask a serial killer in San Francisco. When a string of strange murders occurs across the city, Amanda Jackson, Deputy Chief of Homicide for the SFPD, plunges into her own investigation, discovering, before the police do, that the deaths may be connected.


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An Evening with Kelly Corrigan

Wed., Mar. 5, 7:00 pm • Ticket price of $32 includes a signed book.

When Kelly Corrigan was in high school, her mother neatly summarized the family dynamic as "Your father's the glitter but I'm the glue." Her memoir Glitter and Glue is a book about the difference between travel and life experience, stepping out and stepping up, fathers and mothers. But mostly it's about who you admire and why, and how that changes over time. Corrigan is the author of The Middle Place and Lift, both New York Times bestsellers, and the co-founder of the Notes & Words benefit concert.


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An Afternoon with Jane Goodall in Conversation with

Co-author Gail Hudson

Fri., April 4, 2:00 pm • Ticket price of $35 includes a signed book

Dr. Goodall, noted British primatologist, ethologist and anthropologist, discusses her new book “Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants”. Dr. Goodall is a renowned conservationist and founder of the Jane Goodall Institute. Tickets are $35 and include an autographed copy of “Seeds of Hope”.

Photo Credit: Michael Collopy 
Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE

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Novella Carpenter in Conversation with Michael Krasny

Wed., Apr. 30, 7:00 pm • Free and open to the public

In our culminating event for the 2014 One Book One Marin selection Farm City, author Novella Carpenter is joined by KQED “Forum” host Michael Krasny for a discussion of her work. Ambivalent about repeating her parents’ disastrous mistakes, yet drawn to the idea of backyard self-sufficiency, Carpenter decided that it might be possible to have it both ways. Farm City is an unforgettably charming memoir, full of hilarious moments, fascinating farmers’ tips, and a great deal of heart.



An Afternoon with Elizabeth Warren

Sat., May 10, 4:00 pm; Ticket price of $35 includes a signed book.

In this passionate, funny, rabble-rousing book, A Fighting Chance ($28.00), Warren shows why she has chosen to fight tooth and nail for the middle class—and why she has become a hero to all those who believe that America’s government can and must do better for working families. Elizabeth Warren is the senior senator from Massachusetts. A former Harvard Law School professor, she is the author of eight books.

Event Details 

Lectures are open to the public. When an event is free, the seating is open, no ticket or RSVP is required and seating is on a first-come-first-served basis. Some events have a ticket price. Advance ticket purchases are recommended.

For Ticketed Events: Purchase tickets by calling Book Passage at (415) 927-0960 or visit Tickets are also available at Book Passage stores in Corte Madera and San Francisco.

For Free Events: Priority seating is provided to those who purchase the speaker's book at Book Passage.

Also, for all of the authored events, books are available for purchase at the Angelico Concert Hall on the night of the event. Book signings immediately follow the lecture.

Lectures take place at Dominican University of California. 50 Acacia Avenue, San Rafael 94901. For directions, refer to the University map and directions to the campus. For each lecture's exact room location, refer to the individual lecture's descriptions.

Lectures take place at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Dominican University of California would like to express its gratitude to Private Ocean for its generous support of the 2013 - 2014 Leadership Lecture Series.

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