Santana tops Fall Lecture Series lineup at Dominican

Former United States Secretary of Defense and CIA Director Leon Panetta and musician Carlos Santana top the lineup for the 11th season of the Institute for Leadership Studies (ILS) Fall Lecture Series at Dominican University of California.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Senator from New York, opened the Fall 2014 Leadership Lecture Series on October 9. Panetta appeared on the Angelico Hall stage on October 17. Surgeon, author, and public health expert Dr. Atul Gawande will appear on October 22. Chef, restaurateur, and media personality Mario Batali will appear on November 1. Santana will appear on December 4.

The speaker series, a cooperative effort between Dominican’s ILS 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.

All lectures are open to the public. Free parking is available on campus in the nearby Conlan Center parking lot at the intersection of Acacia and Grand avenues.

On October 9, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand discussed new book Off the Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, Change the World.

On October 17, Leon Panetta, founder and chairman of the Panetta Institute for Public Policy, returned to Dominican to discuss his new book Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace.

On Wednesday, October 22, at 7 p.m., Dr. Atul Gawande, a practicing surgeon in Boston educated at Harvard University, returns to Dominican.

Tickets are $30 and include an autographed copy of Being Mortal. Dr. Gawande last appeared in Angelico Hall in 2010 with his book The Checklist Manifesto: How To Get Things Right.

On Saturday, November 1, at 1 p.m.,  author and chef Mario Batali makes his first appearance at Dominican. His newest book is America — Farm To Table: Simple, Delicious Recipes Celebrating Local Farmers

Tickets are $40 and include a signed copy of America — Farm to Table.

On Thursday, December 4, at 8 p.m., singer, songwriter, and guitarist Carlos Santana will appear in Angelico Hall to discuss his memoir The Universal Tone. He will appear in conversation on the Angelico Hall stage with Peter Coyote, actor and Emmy Award-winning narrator.

Tickets are $35 and include an autographed copy of The Universal Tone.

For more information or to purchase any of the above-mentioned books, contact Book Passage in Corte Madera by calling (415) 927-0960 extension 1 or visiting

The ILS Fall 2014 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:
Karen West, Book Passage Director of Events, 415-927-0960, Ext. 238, [email protected]
Sarah Gardner, Director of Communications and Media Relations, 415-485-3239, [email protected]

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