Sellout crowd welcomes Jane Goodall to Dominican

Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, United Nations Messenger of Peace and one of the world’s foremost experts on primate research, addressed a sellout crowd at Dominican University of California’s Angelico Hall April 4 as part of the Institute for Leadership Studies (ILS) Spring Lecture Series in partnership with Book Passage.

The event concluded with the capacity crowd singing "Happy Birthday" to Dr. Goodall, who also received a surprise birthday cake a day after celebrating her 80th birthday.

The noted British primatologist, ethologist and anthropologist discussed her new book Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants. Dr. Goodall founded the Gombe Stream Research Center in Gombe National Park, Tanzania, and the Jane Goodall Institute for Wild Life Research, Education, and Conservation to provide ongoing support for field research on wild chimpanzees.

For more information or to purchase tickets and the book, contact Book Passage in Corte Madera 

Dr. Goodall attended the Wildlife Trafficking Symposium in London in February. She began her landmark study of chimpanzee behavior in 1960 when she traveled from England to Tanzania.
Today Dr. Goodall’s work revolves around inspiring action on behalf of endangered species, particularly chimpanzees, and encouraging people to do their part to make the world a better place for people, animals and the environment.

The author of more than 100 books, including two autobiographies in letters, Africa in My Blood and Beyond Innocence, Dr. Goodall has received the French Legion of Honor, the Medal of Tanzania and Japan’s prestigious Kyoto Prize. In 2002, she was appointed to serve as the United Nation’s Messenger of Peace and, a year later, Dr. Goodall was named a Dame of the British Empire.

Dr. Goodall was joined on stage in conversation with Gail Hudson, who has written extensively about human development and our calling to create more conscious and loving relationships with ourselves. Hudson lives in Seattle where she is a writer, editor and life coach. She has co-authored several books with Dr. Goodall.

The speaker series, a cooperative effort between Dominican’s ILS and Book Passage, features some of the country's leading figures from the worlds of business, politics, entertainment, academia, and literature. The series has entertained and educated thousands of Marin County and San Francisco Bay Area residents.

The 2014 ILS Spring Lecture Series was sponsored by Private Ocean, the oldest and largest privately-held wealth management firm in Marin County. Private Ocean’s commitment to community service has been a driving force behind its support of the lecture series.

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Karen West, Book Passage Director of Events, 415-927-0960, Ext. 238,
Sarah Gardner, Director of Communications and Media Relations, 415-485-3239,

Photo Credit:
Michael Collopy