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Jane Goodall To Present Her 'Reasons for Hope'

BOCA RATON (February 8, 2008) –   World-renowned scientist and U.N. Messenger of Peace Jane Goodall, Ph.D, D.B.E., will visit Florida Atlantic University on Wednesday, February 27 at 4 p.m. in the University Arena on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road. The event is part of the 2008 Peaceful World/Peaceful Mind series presented by FAU’s Peace Studies Program in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters.  

Goodall will address current work at the Gombe Stream Research Center in Tanzania, where research into the chimpanzee has been ongoing since 1960. She also will discuss her global youth program Roots & Shoots, and the Jane Goodall Institute programs that have evolved to conserve precious forest habitat and improve the lives of people living adjacent to Gombe National Park and in other parts of Africa. As a United Nations Messenger of Peace, Goodall will also address her reasons for hope in these complex times and ways in which every individual can make a difference every day.

Following the lecture, Goodall will sign books for anyone interested in staying.   Goodall’s books and information about the projects of the Jane Goodall Institute will be available.   Admission is $15 for community members and free to FAU faculty, staff and students.   Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800-564-9539 or visiting   K-12 educators should email for information about how to arrange for free tickets for school-sponsored groups.

 “Jane Goodall’s insight and vast experiences all over the world relating to the indomitable nature of the human spirit continue to inspire, while she teaches us to replace impatience and intolerance with understanding and compassion,” said Barbara Schmidt of the Schmidt Family Foundation, one of the sponsors of FAU’s Peaceful Mind/Peaceful World outreach series.

The 2008 Peaceful Mind/Peaceful World outreach series is entitled “The Compassionate Universe.”   It opens with Goodall’s lecture and continues on Saturday, March 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a workshop led by Jill Bormann, Ph.D.    The workshop teaches methods for cultivating calm, attention and compassion, focusing on a peaceful mind as a step towards building a peaceful and environmentally sustainable world.   A follow-up session on Saturday, March 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon brings participants back together to explore how these practices have affected their daily lives.   Participants will receive Eknath Easwaran’s book “The Compassionate Universe:   The Power of the Individual to Heal the Environment.”   Both workshops will take place in the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing Building on the Boca Raton campus.   The workshops have a nominal fee of $5, and pre-registration is required;   register at

Peace Studies is an academic program in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters offering a multidisciplinary education in peace and conflict resolution through classes as well as scholarly lectures open to the public (   The Peaceful Mind/Peaceful World series is a community outreach initiative of the program, sponsored by the Schmidt Family Foundation   with the support of the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing.   Jane Goodall’s visit is also sponsored by the FAU department of anthropology.

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