"Glee's" Jane Lynch, "Hardball's" Chris Matthews, authors Hosseini, McCullough, Bryson top Lecture Series

"Glee" actress Jane Lynch, "Hardball" presenter Chris Matthews, bestselling authors Khaled Hosseini, David McCullough and Bill Bryson, and cosmologist Brian Swimme will headline Dominican University of California’s Leadership Lecture Series this fall.

The series is a cooperative effort between Dominican’s Institute of Leadership Studies (ILS) and independent book store Book Passage. Each year, the Leadership Lecture Series features some of the country's leading figures from the world of business, politics, entertainment, academia, and literature.

All lectures are open to the public. Lectures begin at 7 p.m. in Angelico Hall. Doors open at 6 p.m.

The series begins Wednesday, September 7, with a lecture by Brian Swimme and 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. Swimme takes viewers on a 14 billion-year voyage through time and space in this scientific narrative as he combines science with humanistic insights concerning the nature of our universe. Swimme will talk with the audience and answer questions following the screening.

The event is offered in cooperation with Dominican’s First Year Experience Big History.  All Dominican freshmen will attend. Admission is free and open to the public, with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information about Dominican’s Big History project, please visit dominican.edu/dominicannews/first-year-experience-focuses-on-big-history.html

On Thursday, September 15, Khaled Hosseini will present "The Kite Runner Graphic Novel," a new rendering of his bestselling novel of two boys growing up in Afghanistan.  Tickets are $25 per person and include a copy of  "The Kite Runner Graphic Novel."

On Sunday, September 25, Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actress Jane Lynch will discuss her memoir, "Happy Accidents." In the book, she reflects upon the successes of her recent past and her earlier personal and professional struggles. Tickets are $35 per person and include a copy of "Happy Accidents."

On Thursday, October 13, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winning author David McCullough will discuss "The Great Journey: Americans in Paris." The book focuses on three generations of Americans who traveled to Paris in the 19th century. The lecture is free. Preferred seating is available with purchase of the book from Book Passage.

On Monday, October 24, author Bill Bryson will present "At Home: A Short History of Private Life," a look at the history of domesticity and stories behind the place we call home.  Tickets are $20 per person and include a copy of "At Home: A Short History of Private Life."

On Wednesday, November 9, "Hardball" host Chris Matthews will discuss "Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero, "a new portrait of John F. Kennedy based on interviews with those who knew him best. This event is free, but preferred seating is available with purchase of the book from Book Passage.

To purchase tickets, call Book Passage at 415-927-0960.

The 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

Media Contact:  Sarah Gardner, Director, Communications and Research, 415-485-3239, sarah.gardner@Dominican.edu