2011 ILS Fall Lecture Series draws record crowds

In its eighth year, the Institute for Leadership Studies’ 2011 Fall Lecture Series at Dominican University of California set attendance records for its seven-event schedule that featured three capacity crowds in Angelico Hall.

Andrew WeilThe lecture series is a cooperative effort between Dominican’s ILS and independent book store Book Passage. Call 415-927-0960 or visit www.bookpassage.com for more details.

"Angelico's Concert Hall greeted close to 5,000 guests attending seven lectures by world renowned leaders from a variety of disciplines," said Dr. Denise Lucy, Executive Director of Dominican's ILS. "Inviting our neighbors to join our students and faculty to engage in these thought provoking topics brings another layer of excitement to our stimulating campus culture.

Author and medical expert Dr.  Andrew Weil, who established and popularized the field of integrative medicine, was the final speaker in the 2011 Fall Lecture Series on November 17.

Dr. Weil appeared at Angelico Hall eight days after Chris Matthews, news anchor and political commentator best known for his nightly hour-long MSNBC talk show “Hardball,” spoke to a capacity crowd of more than 800. The MSNBC host discussed Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero, a new portrait of John F. Kennedy based on interviews with those who knew him best.

Each year, the Leadership Lecture Series features some of the country's leading figures from the world of business, politics, entertainment, academia, and literature.

The 2011 Fall Lecture Series started on September 7 when a capacity Angelico Hall crowd, including more than 200 Dominican freshmen, attended a lecture by Dr. Brian Swimme. It featured a screening of  "Journey of the Universe," his new film about the origins of everything, the stardust that holds it all together, and the humans’ role in this intricate web of life.
The event was offered in cooperation with Dominican’s First Year Experience Big History. For more information about Dominican’s Big History project, please visit dominican.edu/dominicannews/first-year-experience-focuses-on-big-history.html.

On September 15, bestselling author Khaled Hosseini appeared in Angelico Hall to present The Kite Runner Graphic  Novel, a new rendering of his bestselling novel of two boys growing up in Afghanistan.

On September 25, actress Jane Lynch, star of the hit television show “Glee” and host of this year’s Emmy Awards, addressed another capacity crowd at Angelico Hall. She discussed her memoir, Happy Accidents.

On October 13, two-time Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winning author David McCullough discussed The Great Journey: Americans in Paris.  Released in May, McCullough’s book focuses on three generations of Americans who traveled to Paris in the 19th century.

On October 24, bestselling author Bill Bryson, a humorist and travel writer, came to Angelico Hall. He presented his latest book, At Home: A Short History of Private Life, a look at the history of domesticity and stories behind the place we call home.

The ILS Fall 2011 Leadership Lecture Series is sponsored by Private Ocean, the Marin-based wealth management company. For more information about the Leadership Lecture Series, please visit www.dominican.edu/academics/businesslead/leadership/publiceventssymp.html