Gilbert draws big crowd to Spring Lecture Series

Best-selling author Elizabeth Gilbert attracted a delighted crowd of more than 500 to Angelico Concert Hall on January 27, as part of the 2010 Institute for Leadership Studies Spring Lecture Series at Dominican University of California.


Gilbert’s national book tour to promote Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace With Marriage stopped at Dominican and, after she spoke, she stopped for 30 minutes to answer questions then signed books and graciously posed for photographs for another 45 minutes. “Committed” is Gilbert’s follow-up book to her 2006 memoir Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search For Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia, which topped the New York Times Best Seller list and earned Gilbert a visit on the Oprah Winfrey Show and a spot on Times Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2008.

The ILS Spring Lecture Series, a cooperative effort between Dominican and Book Passage, started January 12 at Guzman Lecture Hall where, before a crowd of more than 150, Dr. Atul Gawande talked about his new book, The Checklist Manifesto: How To Get Things Right.  Dr. Gawande is a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health and a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine.

Dr. Louann Brizendine, author of the groundbreaking New York Times bestseller The Female Brain, will come to Dominican on March 31 to promote her sequel, The Male Brain. She is a practicing clinician, public speaker and media commentator who specializes in the relationship dynamics that result from the neurobiology of male and female brains.

Author, educator  and environmentalist Bill McKibben, who wrote Earth: Making A Life On A Tough New Planet, will appear at Angelico Hall on April 22, Earth Day. Then novelist  Michael Chabon – author of  the 2001 Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay – arrives at Dominican on April 28 with his book Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son to close out the spring lecture series. Chabon's appearance is in conjunction with Marin County Library's One Book One Marin program.

With the exception of Gilbert’s appearance,  all lectures, which start at 7 p.m., are free to the public on a first come-first served basis. Free parking is available in the Conlan Recreation Center lot at the intersection of Acacia and Grand avenues.

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