Dr. Jane Goodall

Founder, The Jane Goodall Institute; U. N. Messenger of Peace
Jane Goodall Crosscut Festival 2021

Session: A reason for Hope

11 a.m. Saturday, May 8

In July 1960, at the age of 26, Jane Goodall traveled to what is now Tanzania and ventured into the little-known world of wild chimpanzees. Her work transformed our understanding of chimpanzees and redefined the relationship between humans and animals in ways that continue to emanate around the world. Over the next 60 years, Dr. Goodall has not only shown us the urgent need to protect chimpanzees from extinction; she has also redefined species conservation to include the needs of local people and the environment. Now, with climate change threatening ways of life around the globe, she remains determined, and even hopeful. She will be joined in conversation with Bill Nye (the Science Guy), himself one of the world’s foremost advocates for a deeper understanding about our relationship to science and the natural world.


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About 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. Visit her Facebook and Instagram.



About Crosscut Festival 2021

Join journalists, politicians, authors, creators and newsmakers from our community and around the nation May 3-8, 2021 as we come together to take a hard look at the people, policy and events that shape our lives. Purchase tickets for a complete festival experience, or RSVP for free per event.


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