Leadership Lecture Series

The Institute for Leadership Studies and Book Passage present a collection of remarkable authors for discussions around topics explored in their latest books.

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The Institute for Leadership Studies and Book Passage present a collection of remarkable authors for a series of discussions, lectures and readings centered around topics explored in their latest books.

Dominican is grateful of Private Ocean Wealth Management for its generous support as Lead Sponsor for the Leadership Lecture Series.

To join our mailing list, call 415.458.3202 or e-mail ILS@dominican.edu. To receive a printed Leadership Author Series mailer each semester, include your home mailing address in your e-mail.

George Saunders

Lincoln in the Bardo

Monday, February 5, 2018, 7:00 PM | Angelico Concert Hall

Tickets: $40 (includes book)

The captivating first novel by the bestselling, National Book Award nominee George Saunders, about Abraham Lincoln and the death of his eleven-year-old son, Willie, at the dawn of the Civil War. On February 22, 1862, two days after his death, Willie Lincoln was laid to rest in a marble crypt in a Georgetown cemetery. That very night, shattered by grief, Abraham Lincoln arrives at the cemetery under cover of darkness and visits the crypt, alone, to spend time with his son’s body. Set over the course of that one night and populated by ghosts of the recently passed and the long dead, Lincoln in the Bardo is a thrilling exploration of death, grief, the powers of good and evil, a novel—in its form and voice—completely unlike anything you have read before. It is also, in the end, an exploration of the deeper meaning and possibilities of life, written as only George Saunders can: with humor, pathos, and grace.

Maria Shriver in conversation with Kelly Corrigan

I’ve Been Thinking. . .: Reflections, Prayers, and Meditations for a Meaningful Life

Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 7:00 PM | Angelico Concert Hall

Tickets: $40 (includes book)

A book of reflections for those seeking wisdom, guidance, encouragement, and inspiration on the road to a meaningful life. As a prominent woman juggling many roles, Maria Shriver knows just how surprising, unpredictable, and stressful everyday life can be. In this moving and powerful book, she shares inspiring quotes, prayers, and reflections designed to get readers thinking, get them feeling, get them laughing, and help them in their journey to what she calls The Open Field—a place of acceptance, purpose, and passion—a place of joy.

Cecile Richards in conversation with Elaine Petrocelli

Make Trouble

Thursday, April 12, 2018 | Angelico Concert Hall

Tickets: $40 (includes book)

Cecile Richards is a nationally respected leader in the field of women’s health, reproductive rights, and social change. She began her career helping garment workers, hotel workers, and nursing home aides fight for better wages and working conditions. After years in the labor movement, Cecile moved back home to Texas to help elect the state’s first Democratic woman governor: Her mother, Ann Richards. She went on to start her own grassroots organizations and later served as Deputy Chief of Staff to House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. In 2011 and 2012, she was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. Richards is currently the President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and is a frequent speaker and commentator on issues related to women’s rights and activism.

Arlie Russell Hoschschild in conversation with Michael Krasny

Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right

Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 7:00 PM | Angelico Concert Hall

Tickets: Free & Open to Public

In Strangers in Their Own Land, the renowned sociologist Arlie Hochschild embarks on a thought-provoking journey from her liberal hometown of Berkeley, California, deep into Louisiana bayou country—a stronghold of the conservative right. As she gets to know people who strongly oppose many of the ideas she famously champions, Hochschild nevertheless finds common ground and quickly warms to the people she meets—among them a Tea Party activist whose town has been swallowed by a sinkhole caused by a drilling accident—people whose concerns are actually ones that all Americans share: the desire for community, the embrace of family, and hopes for their children. This book goes beyond the commonplace liberal idea that these are people who have been duped into voting against their own interests. Instead, Hochschild finds lives ripped apart by stagnant wages, a loss of home, an elusive American dream—and political choices and views that make sense in the context of their lives. Hochschild draws on her expert knowledge of the sociology of emotion to help us understand what it feels like to live in "red" America. Along the way, she finds answers to one of the crucial questions of contemporary American politics: why do the people who would seem to benefit most from "liberal" government intervention abhor the very idea?

Secretary Madeleine Albright

Fascism: A Warning

Saturday, April 28, 2018, 8:00 PM | Angelico Concert Hall

Tickets: $40 (includes book)

From one of the most admired international leaders, comes a timely, considered, and personal look at the history and current resurgence of fascism today and the virulent threat it poses to international freedom, prosperity, and peace. At the end of the 1980s, when the Cold War ended, many, including former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, believed that democracy had triumphed politically once and for all. Yet nearly thirty years later, the direction of history no longer seems certain. A repressive and destructive force has begun to re-emerge on the global stage—sweeping across Europe, parts of Asia, and the United States—that to Albright, looks very much like fascism. Albright offers clear solutions, including adjusting to the ubiquity of social media and the changing nature of the workplace and understanding ordinary citizens’ universal desire for sources of constancy and morality in their lives. She contends that we must stimulate economic growth and narrow the gap between the rich and poor, urban and rural, women and men, and skilled and unskilled; work across borders to respond to transnational challenges; and ultimately recognize that democracy’s unique virtue is its ability—through reason and open debate—to find remedies for its own shortcomings.

Event Details

Tickets may be purchased at BookPassage.com/Dominican, call 415.927.0960 extension 1, or visit a Book Passage store in Corte Madera, Sausalito, or San Francisco.

Events are open to the public. When an event is free, no ticket or RSVP is required, and seating is on a first-come, first served basis. If an event lists a ticket price, advance ticket purchases are recommended. For free events: Priority seating is provided to those who purchase the speaker's book at Book Passage.

For all authored events, books are available for purchase at the Angelico Concert Hall on the night of the event.

Lectures take place at Angelico Concert Hall, Dominican University of California, 50 Acacia Avenue, San Rafael 94901. For directions, refer to the University map and directions to the campus.

Events typically begin at 7:00 PM, but times may vary. Please refer to event descriptions. Doors open 1 hour prior to the event.

The Institute for Leadership Studies is pleased to reserve a limited number of complimentary seats for Dominican Faculty, Staff, and Students which are available through a lottery system. For more information about the lottery system contact ils@dominican.edu.


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