September 27, 2009

Going ape for Jane Goodall

Okay I concede -- really bad pun on the headline here -- laziness I guess, as Jane Goodall actually studies chimpanzees, not apes, so should I have called this Going Chimp for Jane Goodall?

Tonight K and I are going to see Jane Goodall speak at the Jubilee. This is an impressive lady - she is a UN Messenger of Peace, primatologist, ethologist, and anthropologist. She is well-known for her 45-year study of chimpanzee social and family interactions and for founding the Jane Goodall Institute.

Goodall has been instrumental in studying the social learning, thinking, and society of chimps. She devotes virtually all of her time to advocacy on behalf of chimpanzees and the environment.

I am really looking forward to her presentation - I'm sure she has amazing entertaining stories to tell, and also feels like one of those educational things we all should do. I know I should do more things like this, expanding my horizons, as the expression goes. What was that old cereal commercial --- "it not only tastes good, it's also good for you?"


Meliha said...

How was the speech/talk?

It's such an amazing thing when you hear inspirational/motivational people speak...makes you feel like "be[ing] the change you want to see in the world" (Mahatma Gandhi). I saw Greg Mortenson (author of "Three Cups of Tea") speak several years ago...he's such a normal guy who does great things.

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