ECU Voyages of Discovery lecture features Dr. Jane Goodall

Renowned British primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall will address students, faculty, staff and guests of East Carolina University at a sold-out event Tuesday in Wright Auditorium. 

Jane Goodall

The founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and a United Nations Messenger of Peace, Goodall will discuss “Sowing the Seeds of Hope” beginning at 7 p.m., followed by a question and answer session. It is the Premier Lecture of the 2013-2014 Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series.

Though the lecture is sold out, interested parties may view free simulcasts of the lecture at two locations on campus. Those will run from 7-9 p.m. in the Bate Building, Room 1031, and at Hendrix Theatre in Mendenhall Student Center.

“Dr. Jane Goodall’s lecture will surely rank with earlier historic lectures on campus, including those by eminent women such as Helen Keller (1916), Amelia Earhart (1936), Eleanor Roosevelt (1941), Gloria Steinem (2009) and Louise Leakey (2012),” said Dr. John Tucker, director of the lecture series.

“The Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series is proud to partner with Health Sciences, the Division of Research and Graduate Studies and Academic Affairs in making this exceptional opportunity for our students, faculty and the community possible.”
In July 1960, 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.
She established the Jane Goodall Institute in 1977, 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.
Goodall’s honors include the French Legion of Honor, the Medal of Tanzania and Japan’s prestigious Kyoto Prize. In 2002, she was appointed to serve as a United Nations Messenger of Peace and in 2003 she was named a Dame of the British Empire.

“I look forward to speaking at East Carolina University,” Goodall wrote. “I enjoy speaking to university audiences as it gives me the opportunity to share my message with the next generation, young people who will become our future CEOs, political leaders, lawyers, doctors, teachers – and parents.”

A free park-and-ride shuttle service to Wright Auditorium will be available from the Five Points lot downtown, at the corner of Fifth and Evans streets, and from the Willis Building at First and Reade streets. The shuttle will run every 15-20 minutes from 5-10 p.m.
The Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series, which advances the spirit of exploration and discovery that is the hallmark of the liberal arts, has featured numerous speakers of international renown addressing compelling issues facing humanity. The series is made possible through contributions from Harriot College’s Dean’s Advancement Council, various university organizations, and many friends and supporters.

To make a contribution, or for additional information, contact Dr. John A. Tucker, director of the lecture series, at 252-328-1028 or, or visit the series’ website at

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Individuals requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should call 252-737-1016 (voice/TTY) at least 48 hours prior to the event.