Primatologist and Conservationist Jane Goodall Will Deliver Address at Lafayette College

Public is welcome to attend faculty talk and documentary on April 3

Tickets are no longer available for an address by world-renowned primatologist and conservationist Jane Goodall at Lafayette College on Thursday, April 11, but the event will be televised live in Colton Chapel.

No tickets are required for the 7:30 p.m. viewing of Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace, by live video stream in the College’s Colton Chapel. Seating is free and open to the public. Following the lecture, Goodall will sign books in Kamine Gymnasium, Kirby Sports Center.

In preparation for Goodall’s visit, Rachel Brummel, assistant professor of environmental studies, will present “Conservation and Complexity: Examining the Work of Jane Goodall and the Jane Goodall Institute,”at noon Wednesday, April 3, in the Gendebien Room of Skillman Library. Later that day, a documentary film about Goodall will be screened at 7 p.m. in the Farinon Center’s Limburg Theater.

Goodall’s address is the College’s Thomas Roy and Lura Forrest Jones Visiting Lecture for 2012-13. It is one of three addresses by world figures on campus this April.

A native of England, Goodall first set foot in what is today Tanzania’s Gombe National Park more than 50 years ago. Little did she know at the time that she was about to embark on a groundbreaking chimpanzee behavioral study that would rock the scientific community and redefine our understanding of animals and, ultimately, ourselves. Likewise, she probably never imaged that she would one day leave Gombe and begin a quest to empower others to make the world a better place for people, animals, and the environment we all share.

In her speech, Goodall will bring her audience into the world of the Gombe chimpanzees, from her early observations and experiences to the latest news and stories from the field. She also will share information about the work of the Jane Goodall Institute, which continues her pioneering research. Celebrating its 36th anniversary in 2013, the institute is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats.  For more information, visit

Follow the conversation on Twitter @LafCol #JaneGoodall before, during and after the event.


Photo: Jane Goodall, Ph.D., DBE; Founder, the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace
©  Stuart Clarke

Higher resolution photo available

Kathleen Parrish
Associate Director of Media Relations
Lafayette College
Communications Division
Easton, PA 18042