"Hardball" host Matthews at Dominican on Wednesday

Chris Matthews, news anchor and political commentator best known for his nightly hour-long MSNBC talk show “Hardball,” will be appeared at Angelico Hall at Dominican University of California on Wednesday night, November 9, in the Institute for Leadership Studies’ 2011 Fall Lecture Series.

Chris Matthews

The MSNBC host discussed  Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero, a new portrait of John F. Kennedy based on interviews with those who knew him best. This event was free, but preferred seating was available with purchase of the book from Book Passage.

To Matthews, President Kennedy has long been both an avatar and a puzzle, a beacon and a conundrum. Whenever he spotted Kennedy’s name, he stopped to read. Whenever he met someone who had known the President, he asked to hear their story. Years in the making, Matthews has now woven those firsthand encounters with JFK into a remarkable new portrait, Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero.

The lecture was a cooperative effort between Dominican’s ILS and independent book store Book Passage.

All 2011 ILS Fall Lecture Series events are open to the public. Lectures begin at 7 p.m. in Angelico Hall. Doors open at 6 p.m.

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 near capacity Angelico Hall crowd of 850, 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 near 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