Jane Goodall, world-renowned primatologist and conservationist, will speak at Bucknell University on Monday, Sept. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts.
Dr. Jane Goodall with Gombe chimpanzee Freud | Photo by Michael Neugebauer
August 20, 2014, BY Heather Johns
Goodall's talk, "Sowing the Seeds of Hope," will focus on sharing stories from her new book, Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants, the impact of her groundbreaking chimpanzee behavioral research in Gombe and her fascination with animals and Africa — as well as explore the current threats facing the planet and her reasons for hope in these complex times.
The talk will be followed by a question-and-answer session and book signing as part of the new Bucknell Forum series Revolution Redefined. Books will be sold prior to the event and immediately afterward in the Weis Center lobby. The talk is free and open to the public; seating is first-come, first-served. An ASL interpreter will be signing at the event for the deaf and hard of hearing community. If attendees need this service, they are asked to contact firstname.lastname@example.org for seating arrangements. WVIA will record the event for broadcast at a later date.
Attendees are encouraged to recycle their old cell phones at the event. Donation boxes will be located in the Weis Center.
Overflow seating will be available in the ELC Forum.
"The woman who redefined man" Goodall has been called "the woman who redefined man," and for a good reason. Her research has fundamentally altered scientific thinking about the relationship between humans and animals.
Her study of chimpanzee behavior began in 1960, in what is now Tanzania. There she made one of the most important scientific observations of modern times: Goodall witnessed an animal — a chimpanzee — not just use a tool, but make one.
Thus began her work at Gombe Stream, considered the foundation of primatological research. In the past 50-plus years, Goodall has changed our perceptions of primates, humans and the connection between the two. In 1977, she established the Jane Goodall Institute, which continues the Gombe research and is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats through community-centered conservation projects throughout Africa.
In 1991, she and a group of 12 Tanzanian teenagers established the global environmental and humanitarian youth program Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots. Today the program has more than 150,000 members in over 130 countries, all working on local and global service projects to better the lives of humans, animals and the environment.
For her efforts to observe and preserve all species, Goodall has been awarded numerous honors including the French Legion of Honor, the Medal of Tanzania and Japan's prestigious Kyoto Prize. She has also received nearly 50 honorary degrees from colleges and universities across the globe, including her most recent from St. Andrews University in Scotland for their 600th anniversary.
She travels more than 300 days per year, speaking all over the world about environmental crises, the threats facing chimpanzees and her reasons for hope that humankind will solve the problems it has imposed on the earth.
"Goodall's detailed, engaging descriptions of chimpanzee society transformed our notions of what it means to be a primate," wrote Sierra Magazine, "and what it means to be human."
The Bucknell Forum Since 2007, the Bucknell Forum speaker series has featured nationally renowned leaders, scholars and commentators who have examined various issues from multidisciplinary and diverse of viewpoints.
Through the voices of renowned agents of change, the current Bucknell Forum series, Revolution Redefined, will explore social change and how it has — or has not — evolved over time, as well as how individuals can grow to become global citizens who make meaningful, lasting impacts on society in a variety of ways.
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Photo credits: Michael Neugebauer (main image); Chase Pickering (inset)
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