Celebrated primatologist Jane Goodall will discuss her passion for nature and its inhabitants 7 p.m. tonight at the USF Sun Dome.
Best known for studying the daily life of chimpanzees in Tanzania with only binoculars and a notebook in 1960, Goodall’s observations opened debate over what exactly separates ape from man.
Christina Goldstein, the conference and events planners for the College of Arts and Sciences, said students can expect an “impactful” lecture from Goodall.
“She’s a renowned naturalist with a huge passion and experience for the world,” Goldstein said. “It’s a once in a life time opportunity to hear from a world icon.”
In her time among primates, she was first to discover chimpanzees use tools, and argued that traits, such as love or logic, are not exclusively human features.
Today, Goodall is a prominent environmentalist whom the United Nations named a Messenger of Peace in 2002.
Goodall also founded an institute that protects chimpanzees, has written over a dozen books and guest starred on “The Simpsons.” She recently celebrated her 80th birthday, but still travels 300 days a year to speak on behalf of the environment and her chimpanzee friends.
In tonight’s lecture, Goodall has planned to talk about her experiences in the jungle, as well as what students can do to live in peace with nature.
Following the lecture, students may ask Goodall questions. There will also be a book signing at the end, with copies of Goodall’s latest book, “Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants,” available for purchase.
The focus of her latest book is botany and how the public is often unaware of how many species of plants go extinct each year.
The lecture is sponsored by the USF College of Arts and Sciences’ Frontier Forum lecture series and Center for Student Involvement’s University Lecture Series.