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SD Speaker Series: An Evening with Isabel Allende in Conversation with John Bowermaster
Grandmother to a San Domenico alumna, Isabel Allende is a novelist, feminist, and philanthropist. She is is one of the most widely-read authors in the world having sold more than 75 million books. Chilean born in Peru, Allende also devotes much of her time to human rights causes. Aligned with SD's values and commitment to social and racial justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion, it was an honor to welcome Isabel "to campus" as part of the School's 2020-21 Speaker Series. 
Allende has received fifteen honorary doctorates, including one from Harvard University, was inducted into the California Hall of Fame, received the PEN Center Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Anisfield-Wolf Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2014, President Barack Obama awarded Allende the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, and in 2018 she received the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book Foundation. For more information, please visit:
This event would not have been possible without the tremendous support of SD's very own Sister M. Gervaise Valpey O.P. With an introduction by Head of School Cecily Stock, and moderation by beloved SD teacher John Bowermaster, the evening was inspiring and brought light during this challenging pandemic time.