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Jane Goodall Brings Hopeful Message to UK

By George Lewis

Photo of Jane Goodall at UK Singletary Center for the Arts
Tim Collins

Jane Goodall addresses a capacity crowd at the Singletary Center for the Arts

“I have three reasons for hope: the capacity of the human brain, the resilience of nature and the indomitable human spirit.”

Jane Goodall

 

Sept. 26 , 2002 (Lexington, Ky.) -- Jane Goodall brought her message of hope today to the University of Kentucky.

Apparently, she got her message across. The capacity crowd of 1,500 at the Singletary Center for the Arts gave the world-renowned primatologist three standing ovations.

Goodall said that despite crime, gang violence, deforestation, war and terrorism, she retains hope that mankind will right itself.

"I have three reasons for hope: the capacity of the human brain, the resilience of nature and the indomitable human spirit," she said.
Goodall, 66, spent 40 years in the African wilds in missionary-like efforts to save chimpanzees from extinction.

The university bussed in 30 groups of school children from across the state for Goodall's presentation. The students represented public and private schools and home-schooled students.

Through the Jane Goodall Institute, Goodall works with schools worldwide through a program she created called Roots and Shoots. It has more than 4,000 chapters -- 37 in Kentucky -- that teach children about nature, different cultures and how to preserve the environment.

Following her presentation, Goodall spent about two hours autographing books she has written.

UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. said Goodall's lecture provided the kind of intellectual sparks that should occur at Kentucky's flagship university.

Lexington businessman Tracy Farmer, who funded the UK Tracy Farmer Center for the Environment, underwrote Goodall’s visit to UK.


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