Tickets Available for Jane Goodall Lecture at Gonzaga University

January 15, 2013

Renowned Primatologist & Conservationist to Present April 9
As Part of the Gonzaga Presidential Speaker Series

SPOKANE, Wash. – Tickets are now available for “Making a Difference: An Evening with Dr. Jane Goodall” at 7 p.m. April 9 at Gonzaga University’s McCarthey Athletic Center. A world-renowned primatologist and conservationist, Dr. Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and United Nations Messenger of Peace, will headline the spring 2013 Gonzaga Presidential Speaker Series, part of the University’s 125th Anniversary celebration.

Called “the Einstein of behavioral sciences” by The Los Angeles Times and “a heroine, in a hero-less time” by the Christian Science Monitor, Dr. Goodall will discuss her groundbreaking chimpanzee behavioral research in Africa, as well as her reasons for hope in these complex times when she visits Gonzaga.

“Dr. Goodall has been a transformational force in our understanding of the planet,” said Gonzaga President Thayne M. McCulloh, who asked the scientist to be part of the series in the University’s Anniversary Year. “She invites us to explore how we – as individuals and as a community – can impact our world. Certainly, her example of curiosity, persistence, intellect and courage is inspiring.”

Gilbert Grosvenor, chairman of the National Geographic Society, credits Dr. Goodall with changing the study of primatology: “Jane Goodall’s trail-blazing path for other women primatologists is arguably her greatest legacy. During the last third of the 20th century, Dian Fossey, Birute Galdikas, Cheryl Knott, Penny Patterson and many more women have followed her. Indeed, women now dominate long-term primate behavioral studies worldwide.”

Tickets for the April 9 lecture in Spokane are available at the event website [] and from TicketsWest [] at the following levels: premium seating $45; reserved seating $35; general admission $25; senior citizen $20; and student/educator $15. Discounts are available for groups of 20 or more. Contact Angela Ruff at (509) 313-3572 for more information.

Gonzaga University’s Presidential Speaker Series brings to campus well-known figures whose lives reflect Gonzaga’s Ignatian-based approach to education that aims to transform women and men into people for others. The series welcomes residents throughout the region, as well as Gonzaga faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends.

For more information about the event, please contact Angela Ruff at (509) 313-3572 or via e-mail. Media please contact Mary Joan Hahn at (509) 313-6095 or via e-mail or Peter Tormey at (509) 313-6132 or via e-mail.

About Dr. Jane Goodall

In July 1960, Jane Goodall began her landmark study of chimpanzee behavior in what is now Tanzania. Her work at Gombe Stream would become the foundation of future primatological research and redefine the relationship between humans and animals.

In 1977, Dr. Goodall established the Jane Goodall Institute, which continues the Gombe research and is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. The Institute is widely recognized for innovative, community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa, and Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, the global environmental and humanitarian youth program.

Dr. Goodall founded Roots & Shoots with a group of Tanzanian students in 1991. Today, Roots & Shoots connects hundreds of thousands of youth in more than 120 countries who take action to make the world a better place for people, animals and the environment.

Dr. Goodall travels an average of 300 days per year, speaking about the threats facing chimpanzees, other environmental crises, and her reasons for hope that humankind will solve the problems it has imposed on the earth.

Dr. Goodall’s honors include the French Legion of Honor, the Medal of Tanzania, and Japan’s prestigious Kyoto Prize. In 2002, Dr. Goodall was appointed to serve as a United Nations Messenger of Peace and in 2003, she was named a Dame of the British Empire.

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