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Jane Goodall: Inspiring Hope Through Action

Sunday, October 9, 2022 | 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

Graham Chapel, Graham Chapel
Graham Chapel, St. Louis, MO 63105

Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace, shares fascinating insights on her evolution from curious young girl to intrepid scientist to global icon, coinciding with the exhibition "Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Jane Goodall" at the Saint Louis Science Center. Join Jane as she shares inspiring details about her lifetime of advocating for the natural world and how each of us can use her reasons for hope to create a better future for people, animals, and the planet we share.

This program is presented by The Office of the Provost, the Living Earth Collaborative, and the McDonnell International Scholars Academy, in partnership with the Saint Louis Science Center.

Please note: RSVPs required as seating is limited. Registered attendees receive an official confirmation. You must show this non-transferable ticket digitally, via a cell phone, or present a printed version to gain access to the venue. Masks will be required for all attendees. 

Due to an overwhelming response, venue capacity for this event has been reached and registration for in-person attendance is now closed. A livestream of the lecture will be available here on Oct. 9. Advance registration to view the livestream is not required. 

If you would like to be placed on the waitlist for tickets to the in-person lecture, please email global@wustl.edu. Waitlist requests are limited to one ticket request per person. Please provide your first and last name, and affiliation (student, faculty, staff, alum, St. Louis community member, etc).


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Speaker Information

Speaker: Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute; UN Messenger of Peace

Welcome by: Beverly Wendland, provost, Washington University in St. Louis

Introduction by: Jonathan Losos, professor of biology, William H. Danforth Distinguished University Professor, Washington University in St. Louis; Director of the Living Earth Collaborative

Moderator: Crickette Sanz, professor of biological anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis

Speaker bio:

Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) and UN Messenger of Peace, is a world-renowned ethologist and activist inspiring greater understanding and action on behalf of the natural world.

Goodall is known for groundbreaking studies of wild chimpanzees in Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania, which forever changed our understanding of our relationship to the rest of the animal kingdom. This transformative research continues today as the longest running wild chimpanzee study in the world. Jane’s work builds on scientific innovations, growing a lifetime of advocacy including trailblazing efforts through her international organization the Jane Goodall Institute which advances community-led conservation, animal welfare, science, and youth empowerment through JGI’s Roots & Shoots program.

Today, Jane continues to connect with worldwide audiences, despite the challenges of the pandemic, through ‘Virtual Jane’ including remote lectures, recordings, and her podcast, the “Jane Goodall Hopecast.” In 2021, Jane was the recipient of the Templeton Prize, and her newest book, “The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times,” was published.

Jane is a global icon spreading hope and turning it into meaningful positive impact to create a better world for people, other animals, and the planet we share.

(photo credit: Vincent Calmel)

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