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British primatologist Jane Goodall speaks after she received an honorary degree from the University of Pecs, in Pecs, some 180 kms south of Budapest, Hungary, March 10, 2005.

World-renowned primatologist and conservationist Jane Goodall will give a public presentation at Bakersfield College on April 1. The title of her lecture is "Dr. Jane Goodall: Sowing the Seeds of Hope," and tickets are on sale now.

In her presentation, Goodall will bring her audience into the world of the Gombe chimpanzees―from her early observations and experiences to the latest news and stories from the field. Copies of Goodall's newest publication "Sowing the Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants," will be available for purchase following the lecture discussion, and Goodall will be signing copies of the book for guests.

Goodall will also share information about the work of the Jane Goodall Institute, which was founded in 1977 to continue Goodall's pioneering research on chimpanzee behavior. This research not only gave the first true insights into chimpanzee behavior, but has transformed scientific views on the human and animal relationship. Today, the Institute is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. It also is widely recognized for establishing innovative community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa, and Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots, the Institute's global environmental and humanitarian youth program.

Goodall will also provide insight into the person behind the globe-trotting international icon: a U.N. Messenger of Peace, Dame of the British Empire, and the subject of countless articles and television programs around the world. She will also discuss the current threats facing the planet and her reasons for hope in these complex times, encouraging everyone in the audience to do their part to make a positive difference each and every day.

General admission tickets, available at the Bakersfield College ticket office, are $15 ($10 for students with identification) and all seating is first come, first served. The lecture is at 7:30 p.m., with the question-and-answer session following at 8:30 p.m.

-- Information taken from a Bakersfield College media release