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Jane Goodall by Vincent Calmell
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Jane Goodall in Conversation with Teachers

with Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & U.N. Messenger of Peace
Saturday, October 24, 2020
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Registration for this event is closed.

We invite Fellows of The Academy for Teachers to join Dr. Jane Goodall in a discussion of her work as a scientist and a teacher. 

Few people have changed the world as much as Jane Goodall. Her pioneering work with primates and their conservation has revolutionized our understanding of wild animals and how to protect them. She has also played a major role in bringing women into scientific professions. In this conversation, we will highlight her tireless work as an educator, which has been central to her success. 

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, she 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. 

Dr. Goodall founded Roots & Shoots with a group of Tanzanian students in 1991. Today, Roots & Shoots is active in more than 60 countries, and since its inception has greatly impacted participants of all ages in over 100 countries. 

For the past 30 years, Dr. Goodall has been speaking about the threats facing chimpanzees, other environmental crises, and her reasons for hope that humankind will solve the problems it has imposed on the earth. 

Dr. Goodall’s honors include the French Legion of Honor, the Medal of Tanzania, and Japan’s prestigious Kyoto Prize. In 2002, Dr. Goodall was appointed to serve as a United Nations Messenger of Peace and in 2003, she was named a Dame of the British Empire. 

Inner Life of Animals

with Carl Safina
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 •
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Applications & nominations no longer being accepted.

What goes on in the other minds that share our planet? What do animals think and feel? It’s helpful to remember that humans are animals, and while we cannot see a mind, we can examine brains, consider evolution, and witness the working of minds in the logic of behaviors. Many other animals have cultures, bodies of knowledge learned from parents and elders and passed along over generations. Culture is a form of inheritance that is not genetic. But it has major implications for evolution and for conservation of life on Earth.

Carl Safina is the inaugural holder of the Carl Safina Endowed Research Chair for Nature and Humanity at Stony Brook University.  His work has been recognized with MacArthur, Pew, and Guggenheim Fellowships, and his writing has won Orion, Lannan, and National Academies literary awards as well as the John Burroughs, James Beard, and George Rabb medals. He is founding president of the not-for-profit Safina Center. Safina hosted the 10-part PBS series Saving the Ocean with Carl Safina. His books include Beyond Words, Song for the Blue Ocean, and The Eye of the Albatross. His next book, Becoming Wild: How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty, and Achieve Peace, will be published in April 2020.

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