Life lessons from Dr. Jane Goodall: An overview and interview

On Monday, October 19, the Brown Lecture Board hosted Dr. Jane Goodall, the world-renowned primatologist and activist. Goodall, who began her work in Gombe Valley in Tanzania 50 years ago, has contributed immensely to the study of chimpanzees and the scientific understanding of animal behavior. She founded the Jane Goodall Institute in 1977 with the aim of inciting individual action to create global change.

Goodall imparted her wisdom and stories to a packed Salomon auditorium; we also had the opportunity to interview her, which appears below.

Goodall began the lecture by walking on stage with two companions—a stuffed cow and gorilla—and greeted the crowd in a language foreign to most: chimpanzee speak. After uttering her guttural sounds, she translated it for the audience: “This is me. This is Jane.”

She took the audience through her life, one story at a time. Throughout the talk, Goodall radiated with the same exuberance and fascination with the world that she described in many of her childhood stories. From hiding in a hen coup for four hours to find out where hen eggs came from, to leaving her family, friends, and country at the age of 23 to venture to a distant, then-less-known land, Goodall always followed her curiosity. She stressed the importance of her mother in her life, who always supported her endeavors and even traveled with Goodall to Tanzania so that she could pursue her dream.

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What to do this week: October 19 – 25

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Monday, October 19

Event: Vitor Izecksohn–War and Slavery in the Rio de La Plata Basin: The Triple Alliance against Paraguay (1864-1870)
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute

Izecksohn will discuss the emancipation of slaves to fight as soldiers in the Triple Alliance War of South America.

Event: Brown Lecture Board Presents: Jane Goodall
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Salomon

Goodall is a world-famous primatologist and expert on chimpanzee behavior.

Tuesday, October 20

Event: Marriage Rights≠Queer Strife: An MPC Workshop on Heterosexism
Time: 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Location: Petteruti Lounge

A workshop aiming to dismantle the idea of marriage as the central LGBTQ issue of today.

Event: Ecological Debt
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: Salomon 203

The Brown Political Forum is hosting a discussion on ecological debt. Topics covered include the debt of colonial powers to developing countries, the role of the United States and its ecological debt, among others. There’ll be free pizza.

Wednesday, October 21

Event: SUPER Heavy Petting!
Time: 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Location: Wriston Quad

The 2018 Class Board invites you to cuddle little animals and relieve stress.

Thursday, October 22

Event: Storytelling for the Next Generation: Harnessing the Power of Video Games to Share and Celebrate Cultures
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology

Learn how a tribal nonprofit organization from Alaska created a new genre of video games and set a new standard for indigenous story telling.

Event: 95.5 WBRU Birthday Bash fea. Cold War Kids at Lupo’s!
Time: 6:30 p.m.-12:00 a.m.
Location: Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel

Special guests include BØRNS, Coleman Hell, and Public Alley Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Get tickets here.

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Brown Lecture Board announces Jane Goodall as speaker

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World-renowned primatologist Jane Goodall will be speaking at Brown on October 19th as Brown Lecture Board’s fall speaker, as reported by the Herald this morning. Tickets will be available via an online lottery, which will be held at 12 p.m. October 13–15.

Goodall is best known for her 55-year study of the chimpanzees in Gombe National Park in Tanzania. When beginning her work in 1960, Goodall had no formal training or education in the sciences. Her work studying chimpanzee daily life and relationships disproved many previously commonly-held beliefs, as she discovered the strong similarities between human relations and those between chimpanzees, as well as the latter’s ability to make and use tools.

Goodall, now 81, is also the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, which works on wildlife preservation. She has achieved celebrity status as the foremost primatologist in the world (can you name another?). She also guest starred on The Wild Thornberrys, which inspired this New York Times article about how great The Wild Thornberrys was. Relive your Nickelodeon-inspired dreams of talking to animals below – Goodall appears at about 2:36.

Past Lecture board speakers have included George Takei, Nick Offerman, Julie Bowen, and Bill Nye.

 

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