Caroline Kennedy headlines star-studded 2011 ILS Spring Lecture Series at Dominican's Angelico Hall

Caroline Kennedy, daughter of the 35th President of the United States John F. Kennedy, tops an impressive array of guest speakers for the Institute for Leadership Studies’ 2011 Spring Lecture Series in Angelico Hall at Dominican University of California.

Caroline Kennedy photoKennedy, author of She Walks In Beauty: A Woman’s Journey Through Poems, will appear at Angelico on April 13. Joining her as guest lecturers for the ILS.

Spring Lecture Series are best-selling novelist Jodi Picoult (March 16), award-winning actor/conservationist Ted Danson  ( March 21), financial advisor/television personality Suze Orman (March 24),  and Dr. Abraham Verghese (April 27), Professor for the Theory and Practice of Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Senior Associate Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine.

The ILS series is a cooperative effort between Dominican and the Book Passage in Corte Madera. All lectures, with the exception of Kennedy’s appearance during National Poetry Month, are free to the public on a first come-first served basis.  Preferred seating at all free lectures is guaranteed with advanced purchase of the book from Book Passage in Corte Madera.

All lectures start at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Tickets for Kennedy’s engagement are $35 (which includes a copy of her new poetry book) and are available at the Book Passage or by calling 415-927-0960 or logging onto

In She Walks In Beauty, Kennedy shares her new collection of poetry that tells the story of a woman’s life: including first love and lasting love; marriage, motherhood, and work; times of silence and solitude, and times of awe. Kennedy’s previous collections of poetry include The Best-Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, A Family of Poems and Family Christmas.

Kennedy is the Vice Chair of the New York City Fund for Public Schools and President of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.
The 2011 Spring Lecture Series begins on March 16 when Picoult, author of My Sister’s Keeper, discusses her new novel, Sing You Home.  In it, Picoult explores what it means to be gay in today’s world, how reproductive science has outstripped the legal system and what constitutes a "traditional family" in today’s day and age.

On March 21, Danson, best known for his Emmy-award winning role as Sam Malone in the long-running hit TV sitcom Cheers, appears at Angelico Hall in conversation with Marin actor Peter Coyote. Danson will talk about Oceana: Our Planet’s Endangered Oceans and What We Can Do to Save Them. He has devoted himself to the cause of heading off the massive destruction of our planet’s oceanic biosystems and the complete collapse of the world’s major commercial fisheries. In Oceana, Danson details his journey to his current status as one of the world’s most influential oceanic environmental activists.
Just three days after Danson’s lecture at Dominican, Orman, who is host of her own show on CNBC, will be at Angelico Hall. She has written seven consecutive New York Times’ Best Sellers and is a multiple Emmy and Gracie-award winner for her PBS specials and service. In July 2009, Forbes named Orman to its list of “Most Influential Women In Media.”

Orman is launching a new book, The Money Class: Learn To Create Your New American Dream.

The 2011 ILS Spring Lecture Series will close on April 27 when Verghese, author of My Own Country, will be at Angelico Hall in conversation with Michael Krasny to discuss Cutting for Stone, the 2011 One Book One Marin selection. In Verghese’s Cutting for Stone,  Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon. Orphaned by their mother’s death and their father’s disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution.

For more information on Dominican’s spring lecture series or to join its mailing list, call 415-458-3202 or e-mail

The Institute for Leadership Studies is a center for leadership development at Dominican to help students, faculty, staff and community leaders become better leaders. It seeks to facilitate positive individual, organizational and societal change, engaged citizenship and socially responsible leadership.