Travel expert Rick Steves draws near capacity crowd for ILS' 2010 Fall Lecture Series finale

The 2010 Institute for Leadership Studies’ 2010 Fall Lecture Series came to a close on November 10 when a near capacity crowd of close to 750 packed into Angelico Hall to hear Rick Steves, PBS television host and travel expert.

Steves, an American historian, author and television personality, discussed his book Travel as a Political Act, regarding his field work in Europe, Central America and the Middle East. It focused on his quest to better understand and appreciate cultures while broadening perspectives. His fascinating talk and slide-show presentation included an intermission and lasted almost two hours.

The PBS TV host, an expert of European travel,  last appeared at Angelico Hall in 2007 after he wrote  The Value of Travel  in Shaping A Global Perspective.

The appearance by Steves capped the ILS’ 2010 Fall Lecture Series that featured singer/songwriter Rosanne Cash, Professor Robert Reich and actress/activist Marlo Thomas. Their lectures were taped live and may be replayed in the future on local cable television.

Thanks to Dominican’s Institute for Leadership Studies (ILS), Book Passage and the Community Media Center of Marin, authors appearing in ILS lectures will be broadcast on CMCM’s new education channel on Marin TV, Comcast Channel 30, on Wednesdays at 8 p.m.  The series of taped lectures on DVD started on October 27  with Cash, who spoke on August 18 at Angelico Hall, launching this year’s fall lecture series. “A Conversation with Craig Robinson,” who is the brother-in-law of President Barack Obama,  aired on November 3 followed by Dr. Louann Brizendine (The Male Brain) on November 10 and Bill McKibben (Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet) on November 17.

CMCM plans to air replays of live ILS lectures through January 19, 2011. The lineup is as follows:
• November  24 - Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Kidd Taylor -- Traveling with Pomegranates: A Mother-Daughter Story
• December 1 - David Plouffe – The Audacity to Win: The Inside Story and Lessons of Barack Obama’s Historic Victory
• December 8 - Daniel Goleman – Ecological Intelligence: How Knowing the Hidden Impacts of What we Buy Can Change Everything
• December 15 - Barbara Ehrenreich – Bright-Sided:  How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America
• December 22 - Isabel Allende -- The Sum of Our Days
• December 29 - Honorable Nancy Pelosi -- Know Your Power: A Message to America’s Daughters
• January 5 - Cherie Blair – Speaking for Myself: My Life from Liverpool to Downing Street
• January 12 - Marian Wright Edelman – The Sea Is So Wide  and My Boat is So Small: Charting a Course for the Next Generation
• January 19 - Jane Fonda, My Life So Far

The ILS/Book Passage/CMCM collaboration was the brainchild of Alice Cochran, a faculty member in the School of Business and Leadership, Faculty Fellow of the ILS and director of LeaderShape at Dominican’s ILS. It is a leadership development center, seeking to help people become better leaders, facilitating change in the world by promoting engaged citizenship and socially responsible leadership.

“An integral component of leadership development is learning from doing and modeling effective leaders. So each semester the Institute hosts public forums to actively engage the community in socially relevant discussions inspired by effective leaders in a variety of disciplines.  The Leadership Lecture Series is the most popular of these forums,” said Dr. Denise Lucy, Executive Director of the ILS.  “Through the generous partnership of Book Passage, luminaries across many spectrums speak at Dominican. The book signings that follow the lectures offer our audience with a personal one-on-one opportunity to meet these amazing leaders who have contributed positive change through their ideas and actions. CMCM is now graciously providing us with another outlet to pass these on and help educate others."

“The Education Channel is freely open for use by Marin County educational institutions and is dedicated to the sharing of educational content to further the learning potential of Marin residents. CMCM is very pleased to be programming the Dominican/Book Passage Lecture Series so that more viewers can enjoy these dialogues of important authors with Marin students and residents,” said Michael Eisenmenger, executive director of CMCM. “We look forward to more participation in the channel by area schools and thank Dominican University for their participation in this initiative.”

Most ILS lectures are free and all are open to the public on a first come-first served basis. Doors open an hour before each lecture. Some lectures do require a ticket, but always include a copy of the speaker’s book in that ticket price.

For more information on Dominican’s fall lecture series or to join its mailing list, call (415) 458-3202 or e-mail [email protected].