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Germaine Greer Photo.JPGAn Evening with Germaine Greer

Shakespeare's Wife: The Life and Times of Ann Hathaway
March 30, 2009

Until now, there has been no serious critical scholarship devoted to the much-wronged wife of Shakespeare, Ann Hathaway. In Shakespeare's Wife, acclaimed feminist author Germaine Greer reclaims Ann Hathaway from generations of scholarly neglect and misogyny.

Little is known about the wife of the world’s most famous playwright, but much is said about her. Part-biography, part-history, Shakespeare’s Wife is fascinating in its reconstruction of Hathaway’s life, and the daily lives of Elizabethan women.

Greer offers an illuminating portrait of their working routines, the rituals of their courtship, and the minutiae of married life.

In cooperation with Book Passage and Dominican's Women and Gender Studies Program. Co-sponsored by the Marin Women's Commission.

Davide Eggers photo.jpgOne Book One Marin: Dave Eggers Lecture

What is the What
April 23, 2009

The 2009 selection for One Book One Marin is Dave Eggers’ highly-acclaimed novel What is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng.

This story of the lost boys of the Sudan is an inspired choice. Deng was chased from his village at age seven and forced to trek across Africa under the most harrowing circumstances.

The San Francisco Chronicle calls the book “strange, beautiful and unforgettable.” Francine Prose, writing in the N.Y. Times Book Review, called it “An extraordinary work of witness, and of art.”

What is the What was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Book Passage is partnering with the Public Libraries of Marin County, Dominican University of California, the Marin History Museum, Marin Education Fund, and others for this county-wide celebration. 

Dave Eggers is the author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. In 1998, Eggers founded the independent publishing house McSweeney’s. In 2002, Eggers opened 826 Valencia, an extraordinary writing and tutoring lab for young people in San Francisco’s Mission District.

Learn about One Book One Marin.

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An Evening with Daniel Goleman

Ecological Intelligence: How Knowing the Hidden Impacts of What We Buy Can Change Everything
May 13, 2009

The bestselling author of Emotional Intelligence and Primal Leadership, Daniel Goleman reveals the hidden environmental consequences of what we make and buy, and shows how new market forces can drive the essential changes we all must make to save our planet.

Goleman’s latest book is Ecological Intelligence: How Knowing the Hidden Impacts of What We Buy Can Change Everything. The book argues that new information technologies will create “radical transparency,” allowing us to know the environmental, health, and social consequences of what we buy.

As shoppers use point-of-purchase ecological comparisons to guide their purchases, market share will shift to support steady, incremental upgrades in how products are made – changing every thing for the better.

An Evening with Sue Monk Kidd and her daughter Ann Kidd Taylor

Traveling with PomegranatesTraveling with Pomegranates: A Mother-Daughter Story
September 18, 2009

Part travel story, part spiritual quest and part induction into feminine passages, Traveling with Pomegranates is a memoir told in two voices. Set against the awe-inspiring backdrops of France and Greece, this intersecting autobiography chronicles an intimate mapping of two women—a fifty something and a twenty-something, a mother and daughter—each about to enter new and different life stages. Sue, painfully aware of aging, struggles to hang on to herself as change surrounds her. Ann, newly graduated from college and heartbroken by the sudden end of her long-term relationship, not to mention a cold rejection from her graduate school of choice, is benumbed by the classic question about what to do with her life.

Sue Monk Kidd’s first novel, The Secret Life of Bees, has spent more than 100 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. She is also the author of several acclaimed memoirs and the recipient of numerous literary awards. Ann Kidd Taylor is a graduate of Columbia College. She has written personal essays for Skirt! Magazine in Charleston, South Carolina. This is her first book.

Dominican University of California ▪ Angelico Hall
Free lecture and book signing ▪ No RSVP, Limited Seating

An Evening with Barbara Ehrenreich

Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined AmericaBarbara Ehrenreich

October 23, 2009 

Ehrenreich reveals how Positive Thinking has infiltrated every part of American culture and she exposes the downside of this insistence on always and only seeing the bright side. She tracks this phenomenon to all corners of society—the medical profession, which encourages staying positive as a form of healing; the mega-churches, which spread the good news of the prosperity gospel and that God wants you to buy that car or home, even if it means going further into debt; and most of all, the business community, where the refusal to consider negative outcomes—like mortgage defaults—and CEOs’ groundless optimism have replaced risk analysis as the basis for company decisions. Positive thinking has become a beacon of hope for many but all blind optimism has its consequences, not least a failure to find the real culprits or tackle the real causes at work. Bright-Sided is a call for a clear-eyed assessment of the problems at hand and a return to realism in America.

Dominican University of California ▪ Angelico Hall
Free lecture and book signing ▪ No RSVP, Limited Seating

An Evening with Former Vice President Al Gore

Our Choice
November 9, 2009

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Our Choice will pick up where An Inconvenient Truth left off, providing a blueprint for solving the global climate crisis and drawing on Mr. Gore’s 40 years of experience as a student, policymaker, author, filmmaker, entrepreneur, and activist. A co recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for his environmental work, Mr. Gore illuminates the real solutions to the climate crisis and describes a comprehensive global strategy to implement them urgently. Our Choice will be an inspiring call to action for those ready to fight for solutions that really work—including some bold initiatives that were deemed impossible only a short time ago but are now gaining support around the world.

Since the publication of the New York Times bestseller An Inconvenient Truth and the release of the Academy Award–winning film of the same title, Mr. Gore has led more than 30 “Solutions Summits” with top scientists, engineers, and policy experts to examine every solution to the climate crisis in depth and detail. Our Choice draws on conclusions developed through those summits as well as on extensive independent research, describing how the bold choices necessary to save the earth’s climate should also be the foundations of policies worldwide to create new jobs and stimulate sustainable economic progress. As they did with An Inconvenient Truth, former Vice President Gore and Mrs. Tipper Gore will donate 100 percent of the proceeds of the book to the Alliance for Climate Protection, a nonprofit, nonpartisan group dedicated to spreading awareness about the climate crisis and how to solve it. Our Choice will feature 100 percent recycled paper, locally produced and sourced editions, low VOC inks, and will be carbon neutral.

Dominican University of California ▪ Angelico Hall


An Evening with David Plouffe

The Audacity to Win

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The Inside Story and Lessons of Barack Obama’s Historic Victory

November 11, 2009

The architect of President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign reveals how it all happened—and how it will revolutionize our politics. David Plouffe not only led the effort that put Barack Obama in the White House, but he also changed the face of politics forever and reenergized the idea of democracy itself. The Audacity to Win is his story of that groundbreaking achievement, taking readers inside the remarkable campaign that led to the election of the first African American president.




Madeleine Albright

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January 24, 2008

Memo to the President Elect: How We Can Restore America's Reputation and Leadership

Former Secretary of State and New York Times bestselling author Madeleine Albright offers a persuasive, wide-ranging set of recommendations to the next president by drawing on her extensive experience as adviser to two presidents and a key figure in four presidential transitions.

Albright’s advice is candid, conveyed in the tone of a “confidential memo,” and seasoned with humor and stories from her years as U.S. Secretary of State. MEMO TO THE PRESIDENT ELECT offers a wealth of insights for voters to think about before deciding who the next occupant of the White House will be.

In cooperation with Book Passage. To view video excerpts from Dr. Albright's lecture, click here.

Anne Wilson

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February 25, 2008

Advancing the Common Good: Seizing Opportunities for Positive Change

Each of us can play a role in shaping our community as a place of opportunity for all. Drawing upon examples from Marin County, Wilson will examine how specific community challenges are being addressed through innovative partnerships and collaborations.

Anne Wilson has been working to advance the common good in the Bay Area for nearly three decades. Since 2000, she has served as the first female CEO of United Way of the Bay Area, a leading nonprofit organization that works to ensure young people are healthy and ready for adulthood, that working families attain financial stability and communities are strong and resilient.


Isabel Allende Photo.JPGIsabel Allende

April 2, 2008
The Sum of Our Days

Allende will discuss The Sum of Our Days, the breathtaking sequel to her acclaimed memoir, Paula, which continues the story on the rainy December day when Isabel and her family scattered Paula’s ashes to the wind in a northern California forest. Guided by Paula’s spirit, and shaped by a daily correspondence with her mother in Chile, Isabel recounts the lives of the unconventional tribe that is her extended family, in the process revealing her multifaceted persona as mother, step-mother, grandmother, wife and lover, and loyal friend. Her day to day life as a writer is at the fore, as she shares the stories behind her books, the superstitions that guide her writing process, and her adventurous travel.

The Sum of Our Days is a passionate and inspiring look at the life of the Allende family after the tragic loss of Paula. As life goes on, they are held together by love, but also by the  unflagging determination of a resolute matriarch – Isabel herself.

In cooperation with Book Passage and Dominican's Honors Program


An Evening with Germaine Greer


April 14, 2008

Shakespeare's Wife

Until now, there has been no serious critical scholarship devoted to the much-wronged wife of Shakespeare, Ann Hathaway. In Shakespeare's Wife, acclaimed feminist author Germaine Greer reclaims Ann Hathaway from generations of scholarly neglect and misogyny. Little is known about the wife of the world’s most famous playwright, but much is said about her. Part-biography, part-history, Shakespeare’s Wife is fascinating in its reconstruction of Hathaway’s life, and the daily lives of Elizabethan women. Greer offers an illuminating portrait of their working routines, the rituals of their courtship, and the minutiae of married life.

In cooperation with Book Passage and Dominican's Women and Gender Studies Program

Co-sponsored by the Marin Women's Commission


Amy Tan Photo.JPG2008 One Book One Marin Award, Amy Tan in conversation with Michael Krasny

May 6, 2008
Saving Fish from Drowning 

Saving Fish from Drowning, set in Burma, is a provocative and mesmerizing tale about what is real and what is make believe — and the profound answers one seeks when things seemingly fall apart. Amy Tan has fashioned a distinctive fictional landscape, where Asia meets America, and where the traditional past encounters the shape-shifting present. In the end, Tan takes all readers to that place in their own hearts where hope is found.

In cooperation with One Book One Marin and Book Passage


An Evening with Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Know Your Power: A Message to America's Daughters
August 12, 2008

Tickets for this event are $35 per person (includes a copy of Know Your Power) and can be purchased at or by calling 415-927-0960 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              

415-927-0960 end_of_the_skype_highlighting. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Book Passage store in Corte Madera or San Francisco.

When Nancy Pelosi became the first woman Speaker of the House, she made history. She gaveled the House to order that day on behalf of all of America's children and said, "We have made history, now let us make progress." She continues to inspire women everywhere with a new thought-provoking book entitled Know Your Power: A Message to America’s Daughters. The collection is a combination of her own words and those of the important people who played pivotal roles in her journey. She encourages mothers and grandmothers, daughters and granddaughters to never lose faith, to speak out and make their voices heard, to focus on what matters most and follow their dreams wherever they may lead.

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An Evening with Author Amy Tan and Composer Stewart Wallace

Making of the Opera: The Bonesetter's Daughter
September 21, 2008

This event offers a “behind-the-scenes” look at the making of a major artistic event. The Bonesetter’s Daughter, a new opera based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Amy Tan, was commissioned by the San Francisco Opera. The music is by Stewart Wallace with a libretto by the author herself. Excerpts from the Opera performance will be presented.


Cherie Blair Head Shot.JPGAn Evening with Cherie Blair

Speaking for Myself: My Life from Liverpool to Downing Street
October 20, 2008

Tickets for this event are $35 per person (includes a copy of Blair's book) and can be purchased at or by calling 415-927-0960. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Book Passage store in Corte Madera or San Francisco.

In Speaking for Myself: My Life from Liverpool to Downing Street, Cherie Blair shares her astonishing journey from an unconventional childhood to her life as a working mother and wife of the Prime Minister. She writes about her encounters with scores of foreign leaders and her friendships with Presidents Clinton and Bush, as well as the royal family.



Marian Wright Edelman Photo.JPGAn Evening with Marian Wright Edelman

The Sea Is So Wide and My Boat Is So Small: Charting a Course for the Next Generation
October 27, 2008 

Tickets for this event are $30 per person (includes a copy of Edelman's book) and can be purchased at or by calling 415-927-0960. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Book Passage store in Corte Madera or San Francisco.

In her newest book, The Sea is So Wide and My Boat is So Small: Charting a Course for the Next Generation, civil rights leader Marian Wright Edelman implores America to pay attention to the state of America’s children and argues that every step we take to improve the lives of children improves the lives of all of us.


Paul Hawken: The Blessed Unrest

June 7, 2007

Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, journalist, and author. Starting at age 20, he dedicated his life to sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment. In his newest book, "The Blessed Unrest", Paul tells the enigmatic history of the global environmental movement, comprised of over 1,000,000 organizations. Hawken draws upon his years of leadership in this movement to chart and illuminate its intellectual origins, diversity, goals and extraordinary vitality.

Al Gore: The Assault on Reason

May 23, 2007


    Join us for this rare and exciting opportunity to hear former Vice President Al Gore talk about his newest book "The Assault on Reason". Tickets for this event cost $40 per person and include a copy of "The Assault on Reason". 

    Q&A and book signing follows lecture.





    Paul Solman: Global Warming Literacy: Science and Business Perspectives

    February 5, 2007

    solmanThe popular business and economic correspondent for the News Hour with Jim Lehr, Paul Solman illuminates the complexity of global warming involving physical science, biofuels, green corporations, the market for carbon credits, and the benefits of high oil prices with clarity, human and a laudable investigative spirit.” Mr. Solman will present a multimedia lecture that keeps changing as the earth does.

    In cooperation with Science Lecture Series and DUCBA


    Ralph Nader: An Evening with Ralph Nader – “The Seventeen Traditions”

    February 15, 2007

    Nader_authorLegendary activist and best selling author, Ralph Nader has founded or organized more than 100 civic organizations. Nader is known for his lifetime of progressive activism and fearless critique of corruption in American politics, society, and business. Nader will feature his newest book, The Seventeen Traditions, as he looks back on a time in American history when the family and the natural world were central in a child’s understanding of how to be a conscientious adult.

    In cooperation with Book Passage. Click here to view Ralph Nader's speech.

    Women’s Leadership: An Intergenerational Dialogue with Granny D

    March 31, 2007

    Grannie_D.jpgIn celebration of Women’s History Month, this program brings you a morning of awareness and sharing as we bridge the “Generation Gap” between girls and their elders. Join us for an engaging dialogue with Doris "Granny D" Hadddock, 97 year old activist whose historic walk across the U.S., at the age of 89 for campaign finance reform, embodies civic engagement. We will explore how we can better understand and utilize the wisdom of women across all generations. Donations accepted at the door.

    • Optional: Lunch at 11:30 am $10 (pay at the door).
    • In cooperation with Marin Women’s Commission and Dominican’s Women & Gender Studies Program.
    • The partnership of the Marin Women’s Commission with Dominican University of California is guided by the mutual commitment that Women’s Leadership effectively impacts systems’ change so that Women of all ages are Empowered, Educated and Engaged in the Community.

    Suze Orman: Women + Money: Growing Your Power to Shape Your Destiny

    March 21, 2007

    ormanSuze Orman, author of five consecutive New York Times bestsellers, has been called “a force in the world of personal finance” and a “one-woman financial advice powerhouse” by USA Today. Her newest book, Women + Money, investigates the complicated and perilous relationship women have with money. Including a fundamental block about managing money with confidence, assessing their own worth, and feeling they are in control. She will offer solutions to bring about fundamental change.

    In cooperation with Book Passage and DUCBA




    Bill Bradley: The New American Story

    April 10, 2007

    BBradley_010507_301A“What will it take to make America a better, stronger, truer country?” asks the bestselling author, former Knicks star, and former senator and past presidential candidate. Bradley believes Americans are at a teachable moment when we are compelled to reevaluate our political system, our leadership, our agenda as a nation, and ourselves as citizens. Bradley explores why the Republican and Democratic parties have failed us, and what changes need to be made in our in our politics

    In cooperation with Book Passage and Dominican’s Dept. of Politics

    Click here to view Bill Bradley's Speech



    Isabel Allende interviewed by KQED “Forum” Host Michael Krasny

    April 20, 2007

    allendeIsabel Isabel Allende and her novel Daughter of Fortune are the centerpiece of the first One Book One Marin award. Marin’s libraries, and its partners, invite all members of our community to read and discuss one book each year, encouraging community dialogue and awareness of important issues.

    Daughter of Fortune, rich in historic detail for a pivotal period in California history, is filled with critical topics of our day including the status of women, diversity, multilingualism, immigration. One Book One Marin invites all Marin County to read the book and be part of the discussion through multiple events in libraries, book clubs, classrooms, coffee shops and bookstores around Marin, culminating in this evening’s discussion between Isabel Allende and Michael Krasny.

    • Marin County library partners for One Book One Marin are:
    • Book Passage, Dominican University of California, Marin Education Fund and the Marin History Museum. This campus event cosponsored by Dominican Honor’s Program and Women and Gender Studies Program.
    • For a listing of events throughout Marin County, January through April, go to
    • Click here to view Isabel Allende's speech.


    Jonathan Kozol, “Letters to a Young Teacher”

    October 11, 2007

    Kozol1.jpgJonathan Kozol is an award-winning author, educator, and activist who is renowned for his books on public education in the United States. In his exhilarating newest work, Letters to a Young Teacher, Kozol reviews many of the basic issues he has spent his life exploring through teaching, writing, and being a child advocate, whilst highlighting the joys and challenges of the teaching profession. Taking the imaginative form of warm and friendly letters written to a Kozol cleverly gently weaves words of encouragement and advice with a lively indignation at the bureaucratic absurdities that most teachers face.

    In cooperation with Book Passage and Marin Education Fund. To view Jonathan Kozol's lecture, click here.



    Leading the Mind: An Evening with Oliver Sacks

    October 21, 2007

    Oliver Sacks1.jpgThe essence of leadership is based on empowering individuals, organizations and societies to forgo the status quo and find new ways to solve complex challenges. Dr. Sacks will explore the mysteries of the mind based on his four-decade journey where he has encountered an unshakable human capacity in the face of seemingly insurmountable forces. In his newest book, Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain, Dr. Sacks investigates the power of music to move us, to heal and to haunt us.
    Dr. Sacks is the author of ten books, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.  He has demonstrated keen leadership in his field of neurological science, as chronicled in the acclaimed film, Awakenings, starring Robin Williams and Robert De Niro, an explanation of the nature of perception, memory, consciousness and creativity.


    Michael Krasny in Conversation with Ronn Owens

    October 24, 2007


    Sixty-five thousand radio listeners in Northern California start their mornings with Michael Krasny, Ph.D, host of KQED’s award-winning Forum, a news and public affairs program that concentrates on the arts, culture, health, business and technology.  He matches wits with Nobel Laureates, heads of state and Pulitzer Prize winners.

    In cooperation with Book Passage

    To view the conversation between Michael Krasny and Ronn Owens, click here

    Women’s Leadership Summit:  Leading Community Change

    October 27, 2007

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    How Far Have We Come?

    "Women and girls today are living the legacy of women's right
    that seven generations of women before us have given their best to achieve."
    —Excerpt from the National Women's History Project website

    This year's Annual "Women Leading Community Change" Summit will examine the current status of women and girls in Marin County, California and around the country.  Utilizing information from the California Women's Foundation, Institute for Women's Policy Research, the Commission's Needs Assessment project (in progress) and Town Hall Meetings conducted throughout Marin, this year's Summit will highlight the current issues facing women and girls today.  We will merge this with our "Intergenerational Dialogues" discussion from last year's Summit and develop a "Platform for Action".  Be a part of this important work and join us! How Far Have We Come?

    Rick Steves, “The Value of Travel in Shaping a Global Perspective.”

    November 14, 2007

    Rick Steves 1.jpgAfter spending a hundred days a year in Europe for the last 25 years, Rick Steves – author of 30 European travel guidebooks and host of the PBS TV series Rick Steves’ Europe – believes that thoughtful travel is a powerful way for Americans to broaden their perspectives. Mr. Steves will address multiple topics, including how travel can help us become better citizens of our planet, and how his social activism is a natural outgrowth of his travel experiences. As Mark Twain wrote, ‘Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness.



    • In cooperation with Book Passage
    • To view Rick Steves' lecture, click on the two links below.
    • Video Part One


    Melba Pattillo Beals

    “Seeing Equal – Being Equal, Moving Forward with Energy and Hope”

    November 28, 2007

    Melba Pattillo Beals, one of the Little Rock Nine, braved violent resistance to the integration of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in September 1957. Over the next fifty years, Beals distinguished herself as a civil rights activist, author, and educator. Please join this congressional gold medal recipient for an inspirational look at the future. It is a vision of energy and hope

    Beals graduated from San Francisco State University with a bachelor's degree. She earned a graduate degree in communications from Columbia University, worked as a reporter for NBC, and has served as a communications consultant. Beals is also the only one of the Little Rock Nine to have written a book based on her experiences at Central High School: WARRIORS DON'T CRY: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock Central High School and its sequel WHITE IS A STATE OF MIND: Freedom is Yours to Choose. She is the recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal, a much sought after keynote speaker and is the Department Chair and Assistant Professor of Communications at Dominican University of California.


    An Evening with Parker Palmer
    Leading From Within: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life

    January 22, 2006

    Parker Palmer (1).jpg“Leadership is a matter of how to be, not how to do.”  Parker Palmer

    Parker J. Palmer is a luminary in the field of leadership. He is known for his work in education, spirituality, and social change in institutions including schools and colleges, community organizations, and businesses. He explores the shape of an integral life as key to sustaining the courage to lead, learning for transformation, and effecting positive social change.

    Those of us engaged in organizational leadership, teaching, community service, and social change know the challenge of sustaining ourselves and our commitment to deeply held values and beliefs. As Parker notes in A Hidden Wholeness: “If we are willing to embrace the challenge of becoming whole, we cannot do it alone, at least not for long: we need trustworthy relationships, tenacious communities of support, if we are to sustain the journey toward an undivided life.”

    Parker Palmer is the author of seven books, including A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life, The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life, and Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation. His writing has been recognized with eight honorary doctorates and a number of national awards. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley and lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

    Karenna Gore Schiff
    Lighting The Way: Nine Women Who Changed Modern America.

    February 17, 2006 

    ehh.jpgKareena Gore-Schiff, Attorney and author and daughter of Vice President Al Gore, has written her first book Lighting the Way: Nine Women Who Changed Modern America. She describes the lives of women whose leadership positively impacted our lives. Gore-Schiff engagingly profiles nine trail-blazing women who put themselves on the line to combat racism, cruelty to children, pollution, disease, bigotry, poverty, and to challenge the limits put on women as public leaders. She tells how each of them recognized injustices, embraced marginalized groups, and pushed for reform. With this literary work Karenna Gore Schiff lights the way to a new understanding of social change in the last century and provides a well deserved tribute to nine amazing women who worked hard to make change some much needed change a reality.

    Co-sponsors: Book Passage and Dominican’s Women & Gender Studies



    Women’s Leadership: Imagining Ourselves
    “Love and Relationships”
    How Women Create Harmony and Peace in the World

    March 29, 2006

    An evening highlighting the International Museum of Women’s online exhibition exploring the question: “What defines your generation of women? The museum is a world-class cultural and educational organization raising the voices and status of women worldwide. The museum is a world-class cultural and educational organization raising the voices and status of women worldwide.  It explores the global history of women and contemporary gender issues serving as a catalyst for positive change. Panel includes:

    Aileen Hernandez, California Women’s Agenda, 2006 Honoree, National Women's History Project

    Paula Goldman, Creator & Curator, Imagining Ourselves exhibition.

    Personal stories will be offered from Dominican students, faculty and staff with their reflections on Love and Relationships.

    Co-sponsors: Marin Women’s Commission, Dominican’s Women & Gender Studies and International Museum of Women.

    Imagining Ourselves Flyer (pdf) 

    An evening with Jane Fonda - “MY LIFE SO FAR”

    April 23, 2006

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    One of the most recognizable women of our time, Jane Fonda—actress, activist, feminist, workout guru, entrepreneur, and philanthropist—examines her “life so far”.  As Fonda relates her story, what emerges is a full portrait that transcends the many labels that have been used to define her as well as a cultural history of our nation’s last forty years as her life has woven through our times. 

    “Coming to see my various individual struggles within a broader societal context enabled me to understand that much of my journey was a universal one for women. …. I’m proof that you teach what you need to learn.”   Jane Fonda

    Co-sponsors: Book Passage

    Books will be available for purchase. A book signing follows the lecture.

    Click here to view Jane Fonda's Lecture.


    Leadership Dance: Leading & Following on the Dance Floor and in the Work Place
    For Dominican Students ONLY

    March 28, 2006  

    Have you always wanted to learn how to swing dance? Did you know that dancing with a partner can help you to become a better leader (and a better follower) in all aspects of your life?

    Learn key principles to effectively lead others in the workplace. This workshop will provide you with 25 tips on how to effectively lead others, both on and off the dance floor. You will learn the basics of swing dancing, while learning how to work collaboratively with a partner, both as a leader and as a follower.

    In addition, participants will learn key principles for how to effectively lead others in the workplace. By applying dance principles to leadership, you will discover new ways to make work teams and collaborative partnerships more effective. The workshop will cover 5 key principles:

    • Leading and Following
    • Relating to Your Partner
    • Relating to the Music
    • Learning Steps
    • Relating to Other Dancers


    Teamwork Tango: How to Lead and when to Follow

    May 6, 2006  

    Teamwork Tango is a workshop designed to meet the needs of team leaders, team members and managers, consultants, and anyone who works with others to accomplish their work tasks. Learn how to achieve your performance goals more effectively through becoming a better leader, follower and collaborator, and knowing when to take on which role. This interactive leadership workshop utilizes innovative movement techniques for understanding principles of leading and following in organizations. Come prepared for active exercises and to have fun while learning!  

    Yael Schy, MSW is a dynamic trainer, facilitator, coach, and organization consultant known for her creative approach to organizational learning and development. She is Principal of Dramatic Strides™ Consulting, specializing in leadership development, communication skills, teambuilding, and creative decision-making techniques that help people and organizations move forward by leaps and bounds.  Yael has over 20 years of experience as a manager, and has spent more than 30 years as a performer and teacher in theater and dance. She brings a unique perspective by incorporating her theater and dance experience into active communication skills training and teambuilding in the workplace. She has a demonstrated track record in assessing communication needs of both individuals and organizations and in developing innovative strategies that meet personal and business goals.

    The workshop content will cover such topics as:

    • Knowing when to lead and when to follow
    • Learning skills for being BOTH an effective leader and a cooperative follower
    • Communicating with your team members
    • Putting yourself “in others’ shoes”
    • Relating to other work partners outside of your team
    • Understanding and moving with your work environment
    • Ensuring all of your people are moving in the same direction

     Teamwork Tango Flyer (pdf)

    Based on the work of Parker Palmer

    April 7 – April 9, 2006

    Dominican faculty, trained and certified by the Center for Courage and Renewal, bring the teachings of Parker Palmer to Dominican University of California. This is an approach to personal and professional development to help individuals reconnect who they are with what they do.  The newly formed Courage to Lead Program at Dominican University of California is directed by Dr. Margaret Golden, Assistant Professor in the School of Business, Education and Leadership.

    The program offers Courage to Lead retreats for persons from diverse professions: education, health care, law, business, philanthropy, religious/spiritual life, and nonprofit and community organizations. This approach seeks to support personal wholeness, professional integrity, and vocational vitality.  The spring 2006 Introductory Courage to Lead retreat will be facilitated by Margaret Golden and Carol Hurtig Casbon. It will be held be at Marconi Center, located in beautiful Marshall California in Marin County.

    LOCATION:   The program venue is Marconi Conference Center, a tranquil setting situated in a State Park overlooking Tomales Bay in Marin County.  Space is limited to 20 participants.

    COST: $650 (which includes room and board), plus travel. Participants will be housed in single rooms. Scholarships are available for teachers.


    September 24, 2006

    Lanny_Davis1.jpgMr. Lanny Davis, Special Counsel to the Clinton White House, will speak of how recent politics in America have been driven by a vicious scandal machine comprised of partisan politicians, extremists on the left and right, and the media.  Beginning with historical scandals like Alexander Hamilton’s extramarital affairs and moving forward to today, American politics has been reduced to the politics of personal destruction.  Davis will explain how this poisonous atmosphere is damaging not just to politics but to American society.  Disgusted with scandal culture, Davis offers hope.  He believes that we can stem the tide of scandal politics and make elections more about the real issues facing Americans, and less about Washington whispers and back room tall tales.

    Brian Copeland: A Poignant Story of Resilience, Courage and Leadership

    September 28, 2006

    Brian Copeland, comedian and Broadway actor of his award winning one man show, will sharing his own experience of growing up as an outsider and how he found the resilience and courage to claim his place and take back his own identity.  The event will include excerpts from his acclaimed one man show. The presentation underscores that access to education transforms lives and that everyone should have an opportunity to go to college.

    Communities Connecting:  Creating – Collaborating – Changing

    October 7, 2006

    The Grassroots Leadership Conference is an exploration of collaborative community leadership. It is a unique event that provides participants the opportunity to network, access tools, and increase their knowledge to have an effective participation in equitable community development that reduces poverty and improves the quality of life in under-represented communities. The workshop seeks to enhance individual skills, share resources and information, build community development skills and create partnerships.

    Co-sponsors: Marin Grassroots Leadership Network and Urban Habitat


    October 10, 2006

    • Environmental Issues Affecting Marine Environments”:  Dr. Vania Coelho will the lead discussion.
    • 11:00  am– 1:00 pm:  The Save Seafood Tour, a partnership between Bon Appétit Management Company Foundation and the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program, is coming to Dominican University of California. The purpose of the tour is to provide information about the precarious state of our oceans, the impact of over-fishing on the global environment, and to educate consumers about sustainable seafood choices.  The presentation will feature a 20-minute film, Can the Oceans Keep up with the Hunt? as well as a discussion led by one of the filmmakers.


    ELIZABETH EDWARDS – “Saving Graces”:  The Power of Community

    October 24, 2006


    Ms. Edwards, author of “Saving Graces”, attorney and wife of vice-presidential candidate John Edwards, will speak of the power and importance of community in her experiences at home and in her husband’s political campaigns, to the death of her son and her own battle with breast cancer. Her descriptions of her husband’s campaigns for Senate, president and vice president offer a fascinating perspective on the groups, the great and small, that sustain our democracy. Her fight with breast cancer, which stirred an outpouring of support from women across the country, has once again affirmed Edwards’s belief in the power of community to make our lives better and richer.



    3rd Annual Women Leading Community Change Summit with Marin Women’s Commission and Dominican’s Women and Gender Studies Program
    October 28, 2006

    • This year's Women Leading Community Change Summit will focus on women in public policy making roles.  We will explore how women identify and shape the public policy debate on issues affecting women and their families.  The partnership of the Marin Women's Commission and Dominican University of California is guided by the mutual commitment that Women's Leadership effectively impacts systems' change so that Women of all ages are Empowered, Educated and Engaged in the community. The event will include an update on Dominican's Women & Gender Studies Program with a tour of the new Women's Resource Center.
    • Stay and visit following the event. Reserve your $15 box lunch today by contacting Pat Warren at or call (415) 499-6195
    • Co-sponsored by: Marin Women's Commission 


    ARIANNA HUFFINGTON - Oil, the Environment and Our Future

    Turn the Tide: Next Generation’s Youth Leaders Committed to Sustainability & Peace
    October 29, 2006

    • RSVP for Turn the Tide event and/or Reception: 415.459.NEXT(6398) or  
    • Turn the Tide is an inspiring celebration of peace, sustainability and youth activism that benefits Next Generation, one of the Bay Area's leading youth empowerment organizations. Nationally renowned social change leader and visionary Arianna Huffington will speak about oil, war and our environment, highlighting exciting solutions to these pressing issues.
    • Hosted by: Next Generation


    The Women’s Leadership Revival Tour With Meg Wheatley

    November 8, 2006   Socializing from 5:30-6:30pm  Event from 6:30 to 9:00pm at the Lodge in Union Square Kensington Park Hotel, 450 Post Street, San Francisco $125 Contribution Charge

    Join Meg Wheatley and neighborhood women for a stimulating and inspiring inquiry into how women can step forward with the gift of leadership and offer it in service to our community.  The event will feature speaker Anne Firth Murray, the founder of the Global Fund for Women and author of Paradigm Found: Leading and Managing for Positive Change. Music and poetry will be part of this festive gathering and refreshments will be served.  All who attend will receive a copy of Meg’s most recent book, Finding Our Way: Leadership for an Uncertain Time.

    • Co-Sponsors: Bay Area OD Network, John F. Kennedy University, National Center for Lesbian Rights, Saybrook Graduate School, ASTD –Golden Gate, Dominican University of California’s Institute for Leadership Studies, Spirit Employed, SoL West, Esprit Global Learning, and South Bay OD Network.
    • Co-Host: Bev Scott, Bev Scott Consulting.


    Dr. Sima Samar  - Personal Risks Overshadowed by Saving Lives – Women’s Leadership

    November 7, 2006

    Dr. Sima Samar is an internationally recognized Human Rights/Gender Rights advocate from Afghanistan.  In the face of threats to her own safety, Dr. Samar has defied the Taliban's edicts that deny women and girls their basic rights to education, employment, mobility and medical care. An Afghan doctor, Dr. Sima Samar has been honored with a John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award and the John Humphrey Freedom Award for her efforts to strengthen the human rights of women and girls in Afghanistan and in refugee camps on the Northern border of Pakistan. Dr. Simar has been placed in charge of women's affairs in Afghanistan and is the first woman to occupy such a senior post.

    • Co-sponsored by the International Museum of Women, Marin Women’s Commission and Dominican University of California’s Women & Gender Studies Program.             
    • RSVP for $25 lunch and pay at the door- Contact Pat Warren at or call (415) 499-6195


    David Suzuki – Leadership and  Change: Founding of the Green Movement

    November 9, 2006

    • David Suzuki, change leader in the Green Movement acclaimed geneticist and environmentalist, the host of public television's The Nature of Things, author of more than forty books, including The Sacred Balance, Tree, and Good News for a Change, will speak with characteristic candor and passion about  his metamorphosis into a leading environmentalist, writer, and thinker, his many travels throughout the world and his meetings with international leaders, from Kaiapo chief Paiakan to Nelson Mandela to the Dalai Lama; and the abiding role of nature and family in his life.
      FREE Lecture – No RSVP required
    • Co-sponsored by: Book Passage
    • Click Here To View David Suzuki's Lecture


    “It’s MY Life” Forum:  Building Youth Leaders Now and For the Future: Opening the door of hope and opportunity for all youth in Marin County”“

    November 17, 2006

    • Co-Sponsored by: Ambassadors of Hope and Opportunity (AHO)
    • Produced by youth leaders ages 14 to 28 from all socio-economic backgrounds in Marin County, along with political leaders committed to bringing the Marin community together to help create social and institutional change addressing the “invisible” and growing trend of youth homelessness in Marin County.

    Youth have invited the following speakers to participate:

    San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom will open the forum and share his personal family history that addresses the crisis of youth homelessness in Marin. Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey along with Chris Fadeff  a 22 year old Congressional staff member in Lynn’s office, San Rafael Mayor Al Boro, Jerad Huffman, and Supervisor Susan Adams. Also invited is the Award Winning Journalist and author of “All Alone in the World” Nell Bernstein and a member of Pacific News Service.


    William Bridges Lecture

    Dr.William Bridges is a preeminent authority on organizational change and managing change in the workplace. As former professor, Dr. Bridges was educated at Harvard, Columbia, and Brown, where he received his Ph.D. Bridges (PDF)

    History of the Bay Area Organization Development Team (BAODN)

    The Bay Area Organization Development Network in partnership with Dominican University of California's Institute for Leadership Studies is pleased to host a celebration and dialog session on leadership and history of BAODN on February 17, 2005. For more information, please click here: BAODN Dialogue (PDF)

    Spiritual Integration in Effective Change: Work, Home and in the Community

    Formats will be comprised of presentation, dialogue, reflection and interactive sessions. Dialog will include perspectives of those who are not affiliated with traditional religions. Conversations exploring the faith traditions of:

    Sufism: April 21, 2005   |  Tamam Kahn, Marin Sufi community

    Christianity: October 20, 2005 

      These events are sponsored by the Santa Sabina Center, through a grant from the Marin Community Foundation, and in collaboration with Dominican University of California's Institute for Leadership Studies' Women in Leadership in Faith. For more information: Spiritual Integration Buddhism (PDF) or Spiritual Integration Judaism (PDF)

      International Women's Leadership Forum

      Co-sponsored with Marin Women's Commission and the California Women's Agenda From Uganda, Lydia Bakaki and Honorable Annette Mukabera. Also presenting: Aileen Hernandez, Chair, California Women's Agenda (CAWA); Marti Rule, Chair, Marin Women's Commission; Dr. Denise Lucy, Executive Director, Dominican's Institute for Leadership Studies. August 25, 2005

      Client Centered Consulting Workshop

      Co-sponsored with Bay Area Organization Development Network. Instructor: Dr. Barry Grossman. Two day workshop focused on the strategy and practice of consulting: a professional development program for new and established consultants who want to be purposeful in their approach to leading change consultancy. Learn to get consistent results in situations where you must influence others without formal authority. $395 non- BAODN members, $350 BAODN members & Dominican. September 14/15, 2005

      Client Centered Consulting Workshop.pdf

      Second Annual Community Leadership: Leading Change to Achieve Educational Equity

      Presented in partnership with Marin Education Fund, Book Passage & Marin Community Foundation. Youth Speaks: Empowering Youth Stories through Performance; a talented ensemble of youth leaders, will perform stories of leading community change through dance, music, poetry and dramatic performances. This free event promises to be inspiring and entertaining and is not to be missed. September 30, 2005

      Peter Camejo Lecture

      Leadership for a Sustainable Future: Energy Policies and Green Business Practices. Founder of Progressive Asset Management Inc. a Socially Responsible Investment firm in Oakland. Camejo ran as the Green Party candidate in the California gubernatorial recall election, earning more than 5% of the vote, and was Ralph Nader's running mate in the 2004 national election. October 26, 2005

      Spiritual Integration for Effective Change: At Work, Home and in the Community

      In partnership with host & sponsor Santa Sabina Center: funding by MCF. This workshop is fourth in a series that consider how we incorporate spiritual practices of faith traditions in effecting positive change. Buddhism, Judaism and American Sufism were featured last academic year. This workshop is lead by Betty Padgett, Director of Education & Advocacy at Marin's Ecumenical Association. Betty will lead the group to explore this topic from the perspectives of Christianity. $12 (includes lunch). Space is limited. To reserve a place, call 415-457-7727 or email October 27, 2005

      Louis Freeh Lecture

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      In partnership with Book Passage & Dominican University Business Association. A free lecture by the former Director of the Fereral Bureau of Investigation and author of his new book My FBIOctober 28, 2005


      Leading Community Change Think Tank

      Co-sponsored with Marin Women's Commission. Community members invited to shape strategic planning for guide commitment that women's leadership effectively impacts systems' change so that women of all ages are empowered, educated and engaged in the community. November 12, 2005


      Leading Community Change with the Marin Women's Commission

      The partnership of the Marin Women's Commission with Dominican University of California is guided by the mutual commitment that Women's Leadership effectively impacts systems' change so that Women of all ages are empowered, educated, and engaged in the Community. For more information: Marin Women's Commission (PDF)

      Story of Cedric Jennings: Vision, Perseverance, Leadership

      In 1998, Ron Suskind, then a Pulitzer prize winning reporter for The Wall Street Journal, wrote an extraordinary book about a young man's journey from the inner city to the Ivy League.Cedric Jennings, now 27, graduated from Brown University in 1999. For more information: Cedric Jennings (PDF)

      The Compton Foundation Symposium: "The Humanization of Globalization"

      On April 8, faculty and student research was presented at Dominican University of California. Invited Speakers included: Dr. Francoise O. Lepage, Dean and Professor Emerita, School of Business and International Studies

      and Ms. Mashuda Khatan Shefali, Executive Director of Nari Uddog

      For more information, please click here: Compton Symposium Faculty and Student (PDF)

      On April 7, Dr. Francoise O. Lepage and Ms. Mashuda Khatan Shefali gave an oral presentation on some topics they have been researching. These topics included:

      • "The Humanization of Globalization"
      •  "NUK, A Women's Initiative Center: Advancing Women's Economic Independence through Micro Credit and Garment Worker Programs."

      For more information, please click here: Compton Symposium Keynote (PDF)

      Celebration of Women's History Month: Women's History Week  2004 was presented by Dominican University of California's  Institute for Leadership Studies, Honors Program, and Expression Series

      Service Leadership: Women as Agents of Change

      Service Leadership reflects the value that the role of leaders is to serve others.  We are honoring women leaders who have demonstrated that value and have been dynamic agents of social change. This is a special presentation by two women leading the global fight to improve the lives of women and children around the world.

      • Mashuda Khatan Shefali, Executive Director of Nari Uddog Kendra in Bangladesh will present the plight of female children in Bangladesh and the programs that are offered to educate and prepare them for future leadership roles.
      • Ethel Siederman, Executive Director, Parent Services Project, and recipient of the 2002 Heart of Marin Award, will speak of the process and experience of empowering others to seek leadership in their communities

      Women in Leadership in Faith: Leading Marin's Faith Organizations

      Roberta Swan, Program director of The Women in Leadership Faith study will present highlights of the study completed last year in cooperation with the Dominican University of California's Department of Humanities, Dominican's Institute for Leadership Studies and the Sufi Women Organization. The study of 34 women faith leaders in Marin County will be discussed by a panel of six faith leaders who will join Ms. Swan to speak on the following topics:

      • "Truth and Fiction: Muslim Women and the Veil"
        Dr. Nahid Angha, Muslim Sufi leader, author & founder, Sufi Women Organization.
      • "Hearing Women's Voices: New Interpretations of Sacred Texts"
        Rabbi Chai Levy, Assistant Rabbi at Kol Shofar in Tiburon.
      • "Social Justice as a Call to the Divine"
        Reverend Carol Hovis, Presbyterian, Spiritual Advocate, Canal Ministry.
      • "East Meets West, the Evolution of Buddhist Life"
        Reverend Fu Schroeder, Zen Buddhist, Head of Practice at Green Gulch Center.
      • "Striving for Women's Ordination"
        Ms. Carolyn Kellogg, Catholic, therapist and founding member of A Critical Mass.
      • "How Women Now Lead Within the Catholic Church"
        Sr. Susannah Malarkey. O.P., Dominican Sisters of San Rafael.


      Isabel Allende's Community Leadership Project with Nari Uddog Kendra

      "We only have what we give."

      At the October 28th  forum, Ms. Allende interviewed the Executive Director of NUK, Mashuda Khatan Shefali, who is traveling from Bangladesh to participate in the forum, along with two civic-minded Marin business women, Tabra Tunoa and Pamela Barieatos, who contribute considerable time and resources in support of NUK.  Bring your lunch to the Creekside Room and join the dialogue. For more information, please click here: Isabel Allende and Friends (PDF)

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