Leadership Lecture Series

Civil rights figure, author, and Dominican University of California Professor Melba Pattillo Beals, neurologist Oliver Sacks, PBS television host Rick Steves, KQED radio host Michael Krasny, and educator Jonathan Kozol will appear at Dominican this fall as part of the Fall 2007 Leadership Lecture Series, sponsored by the University's Institute for Leadership Studies.

All lectures, which are free and open to the public, will be held in Angelico Concert Hall. Free parking is located at the intersection of Grand and Acacia avenues. Doors open one hour before the lectures, and no reservations are necessary. For more information, please call 415-485-3202 or visit http://leadership.dominican.edu.

Kozol, an award-winning author known for his books on public education in the United States, will discuss his newest book Letters to a Young Teacher on Thursday, October 11 at 7 p.m. In the book, Kozol leads a first year teacher “into the joys and challenges and passionate rewards of a beautiful profession.” The lecture is held in association with Book Passage and the Marin Education Fund.

Sacks will discuss his newest book Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain on Sunday, October 21 at 7 p.m. In the book, Sacks investigates the power of music to move us, to heal and to haunt us.  He is the author of ten books, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.  A leading figure in the field of neurological science, his work was chronicled in the acclaimed film Awakenings starring Robin Williams and Robert De Niro. The lecture is offered in cooperation with Book Passage.

On Wednesday, October 24 at 7 p.m., KGO radio talk show host Ronn Owens will talk with Krasny about Krasny’s new book Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio & Literary Life. Krasny is host of KQED’s award-winning Forum, a news and public affairs program that concentrates on the arts, culture, health, business, and technology. The event is offered in cooperation with Book Passage.

On Wednesday, November 14 at 7 p.m., Steves, the author of 30 European travel guidebooks and host of a PBS TV series, will discuss how thoughtful travel is a powerful way for Americans to broaden their perspectives. His lecture will address how travel can help us become better citizens and how his own social activism is a natural outgrowth of his travel experiences. The event is offered in cooperation with Book Passage.

On Wednesday, November 28 at 7 p.m. Beals will deliver a lecture titled Seeing Equal, Being Equal – Moving Forward with Energy and Hope. Beals, the chair of Dominican’s Department of Communications, is a member of the Little Rock Nine, the group of African-American students who 50 years ago advanced the civil rights movement with the integration of Little Rock Central High School.