McKibben, who last visited Dominican in the spring of 2010 after he penned Earth: Making a Life on a Tough Planet, discussed his newest book, Oil and Honey: the Education of an Unlikely Activist. The event was held in front of an appreciative crowd of close to 500 in Dominican’s Angelico Hall.
Time Magazine has called McKibben “the planet's best green journalist” and the Boston Globe said in 2010 that he was “probably the country's most important environmentalist.” He is the author of more than a dozen books about the environment and this year was named the winner of the Sophie Prize in Norway and the Gandhi Peace Award.
In the summer of 2011, McKibben was handcuffed and jailed after leading the largest civil disobedience in 30 years by protesting in front of the White House against the Keystone XL pipeline. In Oil and Honey, McKibben joins forces with a Vermont beekeeper, raising one year’s honey crop and building a social movement. His much-larger fight is finding solutions against the fossil-fuel industry as a whole.
The speaker series, a cooperative effort between Dominican’s ILS and Book Passage, is celebrating its 10th anniversary at Dominican. Each year, the Leadership Lecture Series features some of the country's leading figures from the world of business, politics, entertainment, academia, and literature. It has entertained and educated thousands of Marin County and San Francisco Bay Area residents.
All lectures are open to the public. Lectures begin at 7 p.m. in Angelico Hall. Doors open at 6 p.m. To purchase books or obtain more information, contact Book Passage by calling (415) 927-0960 Extension 1 or visiting www.bookpassage.com.
McKibben is joined on the 2013 fall lecture series schedule by New York Times’ two-time No. 1 bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell on October 9; Elizabeth Gilbert, one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, on October 16; critically-acclaimed poet Billy Collins on November 7; and Emmy Award-winning Food Network host Giada de Laurentiis on November 16.
The ILS Fall 2013 Leadership Lecture Series is sponsored by Private Ocean, the Marin-based wealth management company.
Sam Barry, Book Passage Marketing Director, 415-671-9807, email@example.com
Sarah Gardner, Director of Communications, 415-485-3239, sarah.gardner@Dominican.edu.