Caroline Kennedy addresses capacity crowd at Dominican's Angelico Hall in ILS' 2011 Spring Lecture Series

Caroline Kennedy, daughter of the 35th President of the United States John F. Kennedy, spoke to a capacity crowd of more than 800 at Angelico Hall on Wednesday, April 13, as part of the Institute for Leadership Studies’ 2011 Spring Lecture Series at Dominican University of California.

The lectures series at Dominican is a longtime partnership between Dominican’s ILS and Book Passage, which identifies and facilitates guest lecturers. Book Passage has served the Bay Area for more than 30 years,  providing the community with an array of author events, writing and language classes, and highly-respected, annual conferences. Book Passage has two stores, one in Corte Madera and a second in the San Francisco Ferry Building.

Kennedy engaged the audience with stories about her family and friends and their love of poetry. She even poked fun at  her age.

"My youngest son (John) is going off to college," Kennedy said, as the crowd laughed with her. "I know. I wish it was a place like this (Dominican University)."

Kennedy was inspired to write her new poetry book,  "She Walks In Beauty: A Woman’s Journey Through Poems," after turning 50.  Her selection of poetry 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 has written introductions to each of the book’s sections, highlighting the joys and struggles that are part of every woman’s journey.

Kennedy’s previous collections of poetry -- The Best-Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, A Family of Poems, and Family Christmas -- were all New York Times bestsellers.

Kennedy signed books for more than an hour after the program. Prior to speaking in Angelico Hall, Kennedy attended a private reception for about 150 people at the new Dominican Heritage and Alumni House at Edgehill Mansion on campus. Her appearance at Dominican followed  best-selling novelist Jodi Picoult (March 16), award-winning actor/conservationist Ted Danson  ( March 21) and financial advisor/television personality Suze Orman (March 24) as guest lecturers this year at Dominican.

The 2011 ILS Spring Lecture Series will close on April 27 when Dr. Abraham 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. Dr. Verghese is 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 lecture series is a cooperative effort between Dominican and the Book Passage in Corte Madera. All lectures, with the exception of Kennedy’s appearance, 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 ILS lectures start at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.  There is free parking available in the Conlan Center lot at the intersection of Grand and Acacia avenues.
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.