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.

In cooperation with Book Passage.

Co-sponsored by Dominican's Green MBA and Environmental Studies Program.

Q&A and book signing follows the lecture.

Click here to view Paul Hawken speech


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 the lecture.


Paul Solman: Global Warming Literacy: Science and Business Perspectives

February 5, 2007

The 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

Legendary 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

In 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

Suze 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

“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

Isabel Allende and her novel Daughter of Fortune are the centrepieces 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 onebookonemarin.org.

Click here to view Isabel Allende's speech.


Jonathan Kozol, " Letters to a Young Teacher"

October 11, 2007

Jonathan 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

The 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

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

After 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.