Eric Holder Speaking Virtually In ILS Lecture Series June 1

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New York Times columnist Frank Bruni, The New Yorker executive editor and historical writer Dorothy Wickenden, Mellon Foundation president Elizabeth Alexander, and neuropsychiatrist and media commenter Louann Brizendine are scheduled to appear either virtually or in-person for the Spring 2022 Leadership Lecture Series presented by Dominican University of California in partnership with Book Passage.

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has been added to the Spring 2022 Lecture Series lineup.

The lecture series is hosted by Dominican’s Institute for Leadership Studies.

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Frank Bruni, Tuesday, March 15. Bruni, an Opinion columnist for the New York Times, appeared via Zoom and talked about his memoir The Beauty of Dusk: On Vision Lost and Found, a personal reflection on grief, aging, and adaptation. It is about humanity's need for clarity, despite the nearly constant blurry signals given in one’s search for it. He appeared in conversation with advice columnist/essayist/author Heather Havrilesky. Tickets, which included a complimentary copy of the book, were $40.

Dorothy Wickenden, Tuesday, March 29. The New York Times best-selling author appeared via Zoom to discuss The Agitators, the true story of Harriet Tubman, Martha Coffin Wright, and Frances A. Seward—three friends who fought for abolition and women’s rights in mid-nineteenth century Auburn, New York. Tickets, which included a complimentary copy of the book, were $28.

Elizabeth Alexander, Monday, April 4. President of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Alexander appeared via Zoom to talk about her book The Trayvon Generation about the power of art and culture to illuminate America’s unresolved problem with race. The book is a nonfiction expansion of Alexander's viral essay first published in the New Yorker about the challenges facing the youth of Black America who could not be protected from brutality and abuse. She appeared in conversation with poet/writer/curator Mahogany L. Browne. Tickets, which included a complimentary copy of the book, were $28.

Louanne Brizendine, Wednesday, April 27. Dr. Brizendine, professor of psychiatry at UCSF’s Weill Institute for Neurosciences and author of The Female Brain, came to Angelico Concert Hall to discuss The Upgrade. The founder of the first clinic in the country to study gender differences in brain, behavior, and hormones, Dr. Brizendine in The Upgrade explained how a woman's brain gets `upgraded' in midlife, inspiring and guiding women to unlock their full potential. She appeared in conversation with Emmy-nominated filmmaker Tiffany Shlain. Tickets, which include a complimentary copy of the book, were $40.

Eric Holder, Wednesday, June 1, 6 p.m. Holder was the first African American to serve as U.S. Attorney General in the administration of President Barack Obama from 2009-2015. He will appear virtually online in conversation with New York Times bestselling author Sam Koppelman to discuss Holder's book Our Unfinished March at the Book Passage store in Corte Madera. Tickets, which include a complimentary copy of the book, are $35 for both the in-person event and the online presentation.

For more information, call Book Passage at (415) 927-0960 ext. 1.

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