Fall Lecture Series ends with Al Gore, Plouffe

Former United States Vice President Al Gore, now a Nobel Peace Prize and Academy Award-winning environmental activist, attracted a sellout crowd of more than 1,000 on November 9 on the Dominican University of California campus then David Plouffe, Barack Obama's presidential campaign manager, brought 500 more people to Angelico Hall two nights later.

Their appearances concluded the Institute for Leadership Studies Fall 2009 Lecture Series.

Plouffe, who managed the most amazing and unexpected presidential race in United States history, was promoting his new book, "The Audacity to Win: The Inside Story and Lessons of Barack Obama's Historic Victory."

Angelico Hall was filled to its 841-seat capacity for Gore, who was promoting his new book, "Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis." An overflow crowd of about 175 watched Gore's speech on a live video/audio feed next door at Guzman Lecture Hall.

Gore last appeared in Marin County in May of 2007 at Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium in San Rafael.

The fall series, a cooperative effort between Dominican and the Book Passage in Corte Madera, started Sept. 18, when novelist Sue Monk Kidd appeared with her daughter Anne Kidd Taylor. Best known for her novel “The Secret Life of Bees,” Sue Monk Kidd shared the experiences of her new book “Traveling with Pomegranates: A Mother-Daughter Story.”

"Nickel and Dimed" author Barbara Ehrenreich spoke at Angelico Hall on Oct. 23. She was promoting her new book, "Bright-Sided: How The Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America."

All lectures, with the exception of Gore’s appearance, were free to the public on a first come-first served basis.