Fall Leadership Lecture Series

The former 45th Vice President of the United States, the campaign manager of the current 44th President of the United States, an American feminist, socialist and activist and an American novelist and her daughter talking about their trials, tribulations and travels to Europe headline the Fall Leadership Lecture Series this year at Dominican University of California.

The series --which is normally opened to the public on a first come- first served basis at Dominican’s 841-seat Angelico Concert Hall  -- begins Friday, Sept. 18, when best-selling novelist Sue Monk Kidd, with her daughter Anne Taylor, speak at 7 p.m. on the San Rafael campus. They will share their experiences chronicled in Kidd’s first book: “Traveling with Pomegranates: A Mother-Daughter Story.” It’s an intimate account by Kidd and her daughter, a recent college graduate, about their spiritual quest and feminine passage during a trip to France and Greece to sort out struggles as they enter new and different phases in their lives.

Kidd, who graduated from Texas Christian University with a B.S. in nursing in 1970 and worked throughout her 20s as a Registered Nurse and college nursing instructor, is best known for her novel “The Secret Life of Bees,” which spent more than 100 weeks on the New York Times’ best-seller list.

Another well-known author, Barbara Ehrenreich, will follow Kidd in Dominican’s Fall Leadership Lecture  Series. She will speak at Angelico Hall on Friday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. Ehrenreich has written nearly 20 books and is a widely read columnist and essayist.  She is an honorary co-chair of the Democratic Socialists of America. In 2000, she endorsed the presidential campaign of Ralph Nader and last year expressed support for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.

Dominican’s Fall Leadership Lecture Series, offered in partnership with the Book Passage in Corte Madera, will conclude with a political and presidential feel. On Monday, Nov. 9, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore -- now a Nobel Peace Prize and Academy Award-winning environmental activist -- will return to Marin to speak at Angelico Hall. Ticket information will be announced. Two nights later, on Nov. 11, David Plouffe will appear at Angelico. Plouffe was the presidential campaign manager for then Senator Obama. His campaign strategy was instrumental in helping Obama secure the Democrat Party presidential election nomination over Sen. Hilary Clinton.

More details regarding Gore and Plouffe’s appearances will be forthcoming.

For further information on the Dominican Leadership Lecture Series or to join its mailing list, call (415) 458-3202 or e-mail ILS@dominican.edu.