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For Immediate Release
Monday, Feb. 11, 2013

Renowned primatologist Jane Goodall to speak at Oakland University

     Rochester, Mich. – On Wednesday, March 27, Oakland University will welcome world-renowned primatologist and conservationist Jane Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace, to speak about her groundbreaking chimpanzee behavioral research and her ensuing passion to make the world a better place for people, animals and the environment.

     In "Sowing the Seeds of Hope," Goodall will share the observations, insights and convictions she garnered over a period of more than five decades — from her earliest work in what is today Tanzania's Gombe National Park to her current efforts to spread a message of hope about the future of the planet.

     Goodall is widely known for her observations of chimpanzees making and using tools to capture food; eating small animals despite their reputation for being herbivorous; and displaying distinct minds, personalities and wide ranges of emotion — qualities once thought to be exclusively human. These discoveries subsequently shaped a new understanding of not only animals, but of the human race as well.

     The Jane Goodall Institute supports the continuing research at Gombe and is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. It also is widely recognized for establishing innovative community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa. Goodall's Roots & Shoots, a global environmental and humanitarian youth program, has groups in more than 120 countries.

     Goodall currently travels an average of 300 days per year to raise awareness of threats facing chimpanzees, deforestation, other environmental crises and her reasons for hope that humankind will ultimately solve the problems it has imposed on the earth. Her presentation at Oakland University will take place at 7 p.m. in the O'rena. Interactive and printable maps of the campus are available at

     Tickets for the event will be available starting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12. They are:
  • Free for all OU students, faculty and staff. Each may receive one free guest ticket as well;
  • $5 for additional guests of OU students, faculty and staff;
  • Free for the first 200 OU alumni. Each may receive one free guest ticket as well;
  • $5 for additional guests of the first 200 alumni, alumni after the first 200 and their guests;
  • $5 for all non-OU students;
  • Free for children 6 and under, and;
  • $10 for the general public.
     Those seeking additional information about the event should call the Center for Student Activities at (248) 370-2400. Those wishing to order tickets by phone can do so at (248) 370-4407. For more information about Jane Goodall and the Jane Goodall Institute, visit
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