Legendary Humanitarian Jane Goodall Brings Message of Hope to the University of San Diego

The Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice (IPJ) completes this year’s Distinguished Lecture Series by welcoming world-renowned primatologist, wildlife conservationist and United Nations Messenger of Peace Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE, and founder of the Jane Goodall Institute.

Goodall’s speech culminates a series focusing on the connection between conflict and the environment. Goodall will be on the University of San Diego campus on April 16 and 17. Members of the media are invited to attend a tree planting ceremony with Goodall and members of the USD Anthropology Club at 3:20 p.m., immediately followed by a press conference with Goodall at 3:30 p.m. on April 16 in the IPJ Room G. Following the press conference, members of the media can capture Goodall interacting with more than 200 local high school students at 4 p.m. in the IPJ Theatre. Goodall’s global Roots & Shoots program supports tens of thousands of young people in nearly 100 countries with projects that help people, animals and the environment.

On April 17, Goodall will present a public lecture, entitled “Reason for Hope,” at 7 p.m. at the Jenny Craig Pavilion on campus. She will speak about her groundbreaking work with chimpanzees, the conservation, development and education programs of the Jane Goodall Institute and her reasons for hope that we can save threatened species, the planet and ultimately ourselves. The event is part of her world tour of 17 countries in 11 months. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Jenny Craig Pavilion, online at, or by phone at (619) 260-7550.

A pioneer in the study of chimpanzees who began her landmark studies in Africa in 1960, Goodall was named a UN Messenger of Peace in 2002. She is also the recipient of the French Legion of Honor, National Geographic Society’s Hubbard Medal, Japan’s Kyoto Prize and the Gandhi/King Award for Nonviolence. In 2003, Queen Elizabeth II named Goodall a Dame of the British Empire.

Her extensive list of publications includes overviews of her work at Gombe chimpanzee preserve in “In the Shadow of Man” and “Through a Window,” as well as two autobiographies in letters and a spiritual autobiography “Reasons for Hope.” “The Chimpanzees of Gombe: Patterns of Behavior” is recognized as the definitive work on chimpanzees. Goodall has also written many books for children.

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About the University of San Diego

The Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice is part of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego. The institute is dedicated to fostering peace, cultivating justice and creating a safer world through education, research, and peacemaking activities.The University of San Diego is a Catholic institution of higher learning chartered in 1949; the school enrolls approximately 7,500 students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. The inauguration of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies brings the university’s total number of schools and colleges to six. Other academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Business Administration, Law, Leadership and Education Sciences, and Nursing and Health Science.


About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.