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Jane Goodall to Speak in Utah

(Photo Courtesy of Jeek – Hong Kong University)


(Photo Courtesy of Jeek - Hong Kong University)
(Photo Courtesy of Jeek – Hong Kong University)

Jane Goodall, a primatologist, anthropologist and advocate for peace, will be speaking at the Lyceum II Lecture hosted by the College of Humanities and Environmental Humanities Program in April.


Heidi Camp, assistant dean of the College of Humanities, said although the topic is not set, Goodall will most likely speak about respect for the environment and animals.

“She is probably one of the top scientists in the world,” Camp said. “She is a fascinating woman and ground-breaking in almost every field that she has been involved in.”

Camp is excited for all attendees to gain a “deeper understanding of the world around us and a greater sense of stewardship and responsibility for our planet.”

Jeff McCarthy, director of environmental humanities, said it was fitting for Goodall to come due to the environmentally minded community at the U.

“It makes sense that here in Utah we would be hosting some of the major figures from the conversations about human relations to nature,” McCarthy said.

Goodall spoke at Abravenal Hall six years ago and addressed a sold-out audience. The event is two months away, and half of the 1,200 tickets are gone. The event is at the Salt Lake Marriott in City Creek and is the same night as the Grand Kerfuffle, April 24, which Camp believes may fight for students’ attention. Tickets are $25 for community members and $15 for U students. Ticket sales will help cover the cost of the event and any surplus will go toward the environmental studies graduate program, Camp said.

McCarthy said in addition to the event, Goodall will be visiting the Salt Lake School for Science Education to meet with students and discuss their science fair projects.

“She is someone whose work has connected [us] to environmental thinking in a variety of ways. She has inspired a lot of people with her story about chimpanzees, but she’s also involved children with that work,” McCarthy said.

McCarthy said having Goodall come is like having the Rolling Stones come for a rock ‘n’ roll fan.

“She is one of the biggest figures of the 20th century in ecological activism,” McCarthy said. “That’s not an opportunity that comes very often.”

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