Madeleine Albright final speaker in 2018 Spring Lecture Series

Longtime journalist Maria Shriver, former United States Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, activist Cecile Richards, award-winning novelist and short story writer George Saunders, and One Book One Marin honoree Arlie Russell Hochschild headlined the 2018 Spring Leadership Lecture Series at Dominican University of California.

The series is presented by Dominican's Institute for Leadership Studies (ILS) in partnership with Book Passage.

All lectures were held in Dominican’s Angelico Concert Hall. Doors opened one hour prior to the programs. Free parking was available in the Conlan Center parking lot at the intersection of Acacia and Grand Avenues.

Individual event tickets were $40, except the One Book One Marin event which was free and open to the public. Dominican students were eligible to apply for free tickets via a lottery held several days in advance of each ILS lecture.

All tickets include an autographed copy of each speaker’s book. Tickets can be purchased by calling (415) 927-0960 ext. 1 or visiting

•    Monday, February 5, at 7 p.m. George Saunders discussed his Man Booker Prize winning novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, about Abraham Lincoln and the death of his 11-year-old son, Willie, at the dawn of the Civil War. Saunders is the author of nine books, including the New York Times bestsellers Congratulations, By the Way and Tenth of December, an essay collection, The Braindead Megaphone, and the critically acclaimed collections CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, Pastoralia, and In Persuasion Nation.

•    Wednesday, March 14, at 7 p.m. Maria Shriver, former First Lady of California, presented her latest book, I’ve Been Thinking …: Reflections, Prayers, and Meditations for a Meaningful Life in front of a near capacity crowd that included comedian/actress/TV host Chelsea Handler. Ms. Shriver appeared in conversation with New York Times bestselling author Kelly Corrigan. Shriver is the mother of four, a Peabody Award-winning and Emmy Award-winning journalist and producer, the author of six New York Times bestselling books and a bestselling coloring book, an NBC News Special Anchor, and founder of The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement.

•    Thursday, April 12, at 7 p.m. Cecile Richards spoke in conversation with Book Passage co-owner Elaine Petrocelli about Make Trouble, Ms. Richard's new book. The daughter of former Texas Governor Ann Richards, Cecile has twice been named as one of TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World. She was a featured speaker at the Women’s March on Washington last year, and a “heroine of the resistance” (Vogue) who has spent a lifetime fighting for social justice and women’s rights.

•    Wednesday, April 18, at 7 p.m. Arlie Russell Hochschild appeared in conversation with KQED’s Michael Krasny to discuss Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right, her award-winning book and the official 2018 One Book One Marin selection. Hochschild is one of the most influential sociologists of her generation. She is the author of nine books, including The Second Shift, The Time Bind, The Managed Heart, and The Outsourced Self. Three of her books have been named as New York Times Notable Books of the Year and her work appears in sixteen languages.

•    Saturday, April 28, at 8 p.m., Madeleine Albright, appointed in 1997 by President Bill Clinton to be the first woman Secretary of State, returns to Dominican as a New York Times bestselling author. The event was soldout. Her new book, Fascism: A Warning, draws on the former Secretary of State’s experiences as a child growing up in Czechoslovakia under the Nazi and Communist regimes and how it today presents a more virulent threat to peace and justice since the Berlin Wall fell. She last appeared in the ILS Lecture Series in 2013.

The speaker series, a cooperative effort between the  Institute for Leadership Studies and Book Passage, features some of the country's leading figures from the worlds of business, politics, entertainment, academia, and literature. The series has entertained and educated thousands of Marin County and San Francisco Bay Area residents for the past 14 years.

The Institute for Leadership Studies’ Spring 2018 Leadership Lecture Series is sponsored by Private Ocean, the oldest and largest privately-held wealth management firm in Marin County. Private Ocean’s commitment to community service has been a driving force behind its support of the lecture series.

Media Contacts:
Sarah Gardner, Director of Communications and Media Relations at Dominican University of California, 415-485-3239, [email protected]

Karen West, Book Passage Director of Events, 415-927-0960, Ext. 238, [email protected]


January 19, 2018