The Institute for Leadership Studies
and Book Passage present

The Spring 2022 Leadership Lecture Series

Frank Bruni.

Dorothy Wickenden.

Elizabeth Alexander.

Valerie Biden Owens.

Louann Brizendine.

Eric Holder.

Join us this spring for six dynamic conversations.

At Dominican University of California, we continue to do all we can to prepare ethical leaders and support globally responsible citizens — even as the COVID-19 pandemic demands that we adapt to deliver our longest-running and most essential community programs.

We’re pleased to continue our Leadership Lecture Series with new live sessions this spring featuring Frank Bruni, Dorothy Wickenden, Elizabeth Alexander, Valerie Biden Owens Louann Brizendine, and Eric Holder.

We encourage you to explore video archives of our recent Leadership Lecture series lectures, live events which have featured conversations with U.S. Congressman Adam Schiff, Douglas Tallamy, and Lidia Bastianich; with Robert Reich, Isabel Allende, Sharon Stone, and Heidi Kühn; and with Chasten Buttigieg, Jon Meacham, and the Reverend Al Sharpton.

Join us for the Spring 2022 Leadership Lecture Series.

Order your ticket today, and receive a complimentary book as our thanks for joining.

Frank Bruni

in conversation with Heather Havrilesky

Celebrating the release of his new book

Beauty of Dusk

A live, online-only event.

Tuesday, March 15, 5:30 PM PST

Dorothy Wickenden

in conversation with Elaine Petrocelli

Celebrating the release of her new book

The Agitators

A live online-only event.

Tuesday, March 29, 5:30 PM PST

Elizabeth Alexander

in conversation with Mahogany L. Browne

Celebrating the release of her new book

The Trayvon Generation

A live online-only event.

Monday, April 4, 5:00 PM PST

Valerie Biden Owens

in conversation with Chuck Collins

Celebrating the release of her new book

Growing Up Biden

Online, and also in person at the Angelico Concert Hall, Dominican University of California

Event Postponed:

New Date to Be Announced.

Louann Brizendine

in conversation with Tiffany Shlain

Celebrating the release of her new book

The Upgrade

In person, at the Angelico Concert Hall, Dominican University of California

Wednesday, April 27, 7:00 PM PST

Eric Holder

in conversation with Jelani Cobb

Celebrating the release of his new book

Our Unfinished March

A live, online-only event.

Wednesday, June 1, 6:00 PM PST

Explore the Fall 2021 Leadership Lecture Series.

We remain pleased to have been able to present these live events during October and November, 2021.

Click the corresponding event to learn more.

Congressman Adam Schiff

Celebrating the release of his new book
Midnight in Washington

Douglas Tallamy

Celebrating the release of his new book
The Nature of Oaks

Lidia Bastianich

Celebrating the release of her new book
Lidia’s a Pot, a Pan, and a Bowl

Explore the 2020-2021 Season

We were pleased to present these events live and online during the Fall 2o2o, and Spring 2021. Offered during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, each event was presented online and recorded for later viewing.

Click to learn more and to view each corresponding video archive.

Sharon Stone

The Beauty of Living Twice

Sharon Stone is an actress, human rights activist, artist, mother, daughter, sister, and writer. She has been honored with a Nobel Peace Summit Award, a Harvard Humanitarian Award, a Human Rights Campaign Humanitarian Award, and an Einstein Spirit Award, as well as many other accolades. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her family.

Heidi Kühn

Breaking Ground

Heidi’s Kühn’s memoir Breaking Ground, documents her commitment to fostering peace and raising awareness – a driving force in her life from her early days as a student at the University of California, Berkeley, to her time as a reporter in Juneau, Alaska, covering the Exxon Valdez oil spill and US-Russia relations.

Isabel Allende

The Soul of a Woman

Isabel Allende, celebrated author, international human-rights advocate, and 2014 Presidential Medal of Freedom award recipient discusses her new book, The Soul of a Woman, which offers and passionate and inspiring meditation on what it means to be a woman.

Robert Reich

The System: Who Rigged It. How We Fix it.

The Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, Robert Reich discusses his latest book, The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It, which shows how wealth and power have interacted to install an elite oligarchy, eviscerate the middle class, and undermine democracy.

Al Sharpton

in conversation with Alicia Garza
Rise Up: Confronting a Country at the Crossroads

Civil rights leader Al Sharpton talks with Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, about his new book Rise Up and offers contemporary lessons for anyone who’s stood at the crossroads of their personal or political life, weighing their choices of how to proceed.

Jon Meacham

in conversation with Dr. Clayborne Carson
His Truth is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Jon Meacham talks with legendary civil rights pioneer Dr. Clayborne Carson about his just-released, intimate portrait of longtime U.S. congressman John Lewis — and of the power of hope that fueled this civil rights icon and helped lead a nation.

Chasten Buttigieg

in conversation with Andrew Sean Greer
I Have Something to Tell You

Author Chasten Butttigieg presents his memoir, I Have Something to Tell You, in conversation with Pulitzer Prize winner Andrew Sean Greer, sharing his experiences growing up gay in his small Midwestern town; his life as the husband of former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg; and his hope for America’s future.

Join us live for these important conversations.

For more than 15 years, our Institute for Leadership Studies has hosted our Leadership Lecture Series, in partnership with Book Passage, on our San Rafael, California campus. Ticket revenue has helped fund a variety of Institute initiatives including our Leadership Learning Lab, the Leadership Minor, LeaderShape, and our Global Ambassador program.

For now, the COVID-19 virus continues to make it impossible to gather in person. But, we believe that our current moment requires — perhaps now more than ever — that we continue to bring people together, advocate for change, and improve conditions for us all.

Extending these leadership sessions in this way is something new and exciting for all of us. Particularly because of our current unprecedented challenges, we hope that you’ll do all you can to spread the word to include others who share our commitment to leadership and social change.

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Dominican University of California Institute for Leardership Studies

Book Passage


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