Jane Goodall tops 2014 ILS spring lecture series lineup

Jane Goodall, United Nations Messenger of Peace and the world’s foremost expert on primate research, tops the lineup for the Institute for Leadership Studies (ILS) Spring Lecture Series at Dominican University of California.

The speaker series, a cooperative effort between Dominican’s ILS and Book Passage, began February 5 with M.I.T.’s Toshiba professor and computer science author Alex “Sandy” Pentland. He will be joined in the 2014 spring lecture series by New York Times bestselling authors Isabel Allende on February 6, Kelly Corrigan on March 5, and Dr. Goodall on April 4 in a special afternoon appearance.

Novella Carpenter will close the spring lecture series on April 30 in conversation with KQED’s Michael Krasny for the 2014 One Book One Marin award presentation.

Each year, the Leadership Lecture 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. For the Goodall event, which starts at 2 p.m., doors open at 1 p.m.

To purchase tickets, books or for more information, contact Book Passage in Corte Madera by calling (415) 927-0960 extension 1 or visiting www.bookpassage.com.

On February 5, Pentland, a serial entrepreneur and computational social scientist, discussed his latest book Social Physics: How Good Ideas Spread – the Lessons from a New Science. The lecture and book signing were free. Priority seating for the event was available with a purchase of the book ($27.95) through Book Passage.

On February 6, Allende, internationally acclaimed author and a Marin County resident, returns to Angelico Hall. She will present her latest novel, Ripper, an atmospheric, fast-paced mystery involving a brilliant teenage sleuth who must unmask a serial killer in San Francisco. Tickets for the Allende event are $32, which includes an autographed copy of her newest book in English or Spanish.

On March 5, Corrigan appears with her new memoir Glitter and Glue. Oprah Winfrey heralded it as one of her 14 books to pick up in February.

The creator of the philanthropy “Notes and Words,” a series featuring musicians and writers together on stage that has raised more than $2 million for Children’s Hospital in Oakland, Corrigan’s new memoir is about the difference between travel and life experience, stepping out and stepping up, fathers and mothers. Tickets are $32 and include a signed copy Glitter and Glue.

On April 4, Dr. Goodall, noted British primatogist, ethologist and anthropologist, discusses her new book Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants in conversation with co-author Gail Hudson. Dr. Goodall is a renowned conservationist and founder of the Jane Goodall Institute. Tickets are $35 and include an autographed copy of Seeds of Hope.

On April 30, Carpenter appears in Angelico Hall with Krasny, host of KQED’s Forum, to talk about her Marin County libraries’ 2014 “One Book One Marin” selection Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer. It reflects on her experiences creating a garden in a run-down neighborhood a mile from downtown Oakland. The event is free and open to the public. Priority seating for the event is available with a purchase of the book.

The ILS Spring 2014 Leadership Lecture Series is 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.

Media Contacts:

Karen West, Book Passage Director of Events, 415-927-0960, Ext. 238, kwest@bookpassage.com
Sarah Gardner, Director of Communications and Media Relations, 415-485-3239, sarah.gardner@dominican.edu.