Gore, Albright headline Leadership Lecture Series

Former United States Vice President Al Gore and former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will speak in Dominican’s 2013 Institute for Leadership Studies (ILS) Spring Leadership Lecture Series in partnership with Bay Area independent bookstore Book Passage.

California Lieutenant Governor and former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and bestselling authors Isabel Allende, Mary Roach and Michael Pollan also will speak at Dominican this spring.

The Reverend Cecil Williams and Janice Miriktani of San Francisco’s Glide Memorial Church will kick-off the 2013 ILS Spring Lecture Series in Angelico Hall on February 8. Tickets are $30 each and include a signed copy of their book Beyond the Possible: 50 Years of Creating Radical Change in a Community Called Glide.

The speaker series is a cooperative effort between Dominican’s ILS and Book Passage. Each year, the series features some of the country's leading figures from the world of business, politics, entertainment, academia, and literature. It has entertained and educated thousands of Marin County and San Francisco Bay Area residents.

All lectures are open to the public. Lectures begin at 7 p.m. in Angelico Hall. Doors open at 6 p.m. To purchase tickets, books or more information, contact the Book Passage in Corte Madera by calling (415) 927-0960 or logging onto www.bookpassage.com.

Gore, who last appeared in the ILS lecture series in 2009, will return to Angelico Hall on February 13. Currently chairman of The Climate Realty Project and co-founder and chairman of Generation Investment Management, Gore is the author of Earth in the Balance, An Inconvenient Truth, The Assault on Reason, and Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis. He is the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary and is the co-recipient, with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for "informing the world of the dangers posed by climate change."

Tickets for Gore’s appearance are $45. The price includes an autographed copy of his new book The Future.

On February 21, Albright will discuss her book Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948. She will be joined in conversation by Book Passage President Elaine Petrocelli. Tickets are $25 each and include a signed copy of the book.

Since Albright left office after serving as the 64th Secretary of State of the United States, she has authored three New York Times’ bestsellers. Her autobiography, Madam Secretary: A Memoir, was published in 2003. A second book, The Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on America, God, and World Affairs, entered bookstores in 2006. Memo to the President: How We Can Restore America's Reputation and Leadership was published in 2008.

Currently, Albright serves as a Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, and Chair and Principal of Albright Capital Management LLC, an investment advisory group.

On March 6, Newsom, who was elected as the 49th Lieutenant Governor of the State of California on November 2, 2010, will speak at Angelico Hall. He last appeared at Dominican in May of 2010 as the speaker and honorary degree recipient at the University’s undergraduate commencement ceremonies.

Newsom, who hosted “The Gavin Newsom Show,” a weekly hour-long program on Current TV, will discuss his new book Citizenville: How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government. The event is free, but priority seating is available with purchase of Newsom’s book from Book Passage.

On April 18, One Book One Marin 2013 will culminate at Dominican with a lecture by this year’s awardee -- and science author -- Mary Roach describing her latest book, Packing For Mars, in conversation with KQED’s Michael Krasny. One Book One Marin is a program of the County of Marin Library in cooperation with the city libraries and Book Passage.  Each year the selected author is read in book clubs across the county. The program culminates in the author’s lecture at Dominican’s ILS Series. Roach has written for Outside, National Geographic, New Scientist, Wired, and The New York Times Magazine. She also reviews books for The New York Times.

The Roach event is free and open to the public.

On April 23, Allende will officially release her new book, Maya’s Notebook, on the day of her appearance in Angelico Hall. She is the author of 19 books that have been translated in 35 languages and sold more than 57 million copies. In that time, Allende has received 12 international honorary doctorates for her work in addition to 50 awards across more than 15 countries. Two of her books have been made into international movies.

Admission is free to the Allende event at Dominican with the purchase of Maya’s Notebook.

On May 20, Pollan, author of Food Rules, his fourth New York Times bestselling book, will close the 2013 ILS Spring Lecture Series. In 2010, Pollan was named to the TIME 100, the magazine’s annual list of the world’s 100 most influential people. In 2009 he was named by Newsweek as one of the top 10 “New Thought Leaders.”

Tickets for the Pollan event, which includes an autographed copy of his new book Cooked, are $35.

To purchase tickets, which accompany an autographed copy of the author’s book, contact Book Passage at 415-927-0960x1, or visit www.bookpassage.com/dominican.

The Spring 2013 Leadership Lecture Series is sponsored by Private Ocean, the Marin-based wealth management company. For more information, visit www.dominican.edu/LLS or email ILS@dominican.edu.

Media Contacts:

Sam Barry, Director of Marketing, Book Passage, 415-927-0960, x256, sBarry@bookpassage.com

Sarah Gardner, Director of Communications, Dominican University, 415-485-3239, sarah.gardner@Dominican.edu