CBS Evening News icon Dan Rather caps 2017 Fall Lecture Series

CBS anchor Dan Rather, first daughters Barbara and Jenna Bush, CNN commentator Van Jones, author and TV host Reza Aslan, Gold Star father Khizr Khan, and New York Times bestselling novelist Amy Tan headlined the 2017 Fall Leadership Lecture Series.

The series is presented by Dominican University of California in partnership with Book Passage.

All lectures are held in Dominican’s Angelico Concert Hall. Doors open one hour prior to the programs. Free parking is available in the Conlan Center parking lot at the intersection of Acacia and Grand avenues.

Tickets were on sale except for the Dan Rather event, which soldout in September. Season tickets for all six lectures were $210. Individual event tickets are $40. All tickets included an autographed copy of each speaker’s book. Tickets to future ILS Lecture Series events can be purchased by calling (415) 927-0960 ext. 1 or visiting

•    Sunday, Oct. 22 at 4 p.m. Van Jones discussed his new book, Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart, How We Come Together in conversation with Bay Area entertainer, author, and radio personality Brian Copeland. Jones' manifesto is focused on exposing hypocrisy on both sides of the political divide and offers a way out of tribalism that he believes is tearing America apart.

•    Monday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. Amy Tan presented her latest book, Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir in conversation with author Susanne Pari. Ms. Tan told the story of her life as a writer, her childhood, and the symbiotic relationship between fiction and emotional memory.

•    Thursday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. Barbara Bush and Jenna Bush Hager discussed Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life in conversation with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. The book provides a unique perspective on growing up in The White House as the children and grandchildren of two U.S. presidents.

•    Thursday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. Reza Aslan presented his newest book, God: A Human History. It is an account of humanity’s struggle to make sense of the divine, and how the idea of god continues to offer new ways of connecting people of different faiths today.

•    Monday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. Khizr Khan’s An American Family: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice is aimed at educating readers ages 10 and up about U.S. history. Khan, an immigrant from Pakistan and father of a U.S. soldier Captain Humayun Khan killed in Iraq in 2004, became a national figure when he spoke at the Democratic National Convention last year. He appeared at Dominican in conversation with William Petrocelli, author and co-owner of Book Passage.

•    Wednesday, Dec. 6, in front of capacity crowd of more than 700 in Angelico Concert Hall, Dan Rather, journalist and anchor for the CBS “Evening News” for 24 years, introduced What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism in conversation with co-author and longtime business partner Elliot Kirschner, an Emmy Award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker. The collection of essays range from the subject of civil rights to schools and libraries to what it means to be an American.

The speaker series, a cooperative effort between Dominican’s 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 13 years.

The Institute for Leadership Studies’ Fall 2017 Leadership Lecture Series was 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.

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Sarah Gardner, Director of Communications and Media Relations, 415-485-3239, [email protected]


June 26, 2017