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Dr. Jane Goodall to Address Students at American University School of International Service

WHAT: A conversation with Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and a United Nations Messenger of Peace.

WHERE: School of International Service Atrium, 3400 Nebraska Ave., Washington, D.C. 20016

WHEN: Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (EST)

Background: The world-renowned ethologist and conservationist will discuss the work of the Jane Goodall Institute, which is marking its 40th anniversary in 2017, and offer her thoughts on how citizens can remain hopeful and committed to protecting the environment despite the challenges presented by the current political climate. A conversation between Dr. Goodall and Brian Sheth, Chairman of Global Wildlife Conservation, will follow Dr. Goodall’s lecture. Sheth is the President and Co-Founder of Vista Equity Partners, which has built a strong portfolio of software and technology-enabled businesses and today has over $25 billion of equity capital under management. Anchored by a longstanding commitment to environmental conservation and wildlife preservation, Brian is the founding donor and Chairman of Global Wildlife Conservation.

Dr. Jane Goodall is best known for her landmark study of the chimpanzees of Gombe National Park in Tanzania. During her nearly 60-year career, her work has expanded into a global movement to foster sustainable communities for both animals and humans, and to protect the fragile and threatened natural environment that we share.

RSVP and Interview Availability: Media interested in attending must RSVP to Natasha Abel:, 202-885-5943. Dr. Goodall will be available for questions from reporters from 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

About the Jane Goodall Institute
Founded in 1977, the Jane Goodall Institute continues Dr. Goodall’s pioneering research on chimpanzee behavior started more than 50 years ago — research that transformed scientific perceptions of the relationship between humans and animals. Today, the Institute is a global leader (with offices in 30 countries) 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 global environmental and humanitarian program for youth of all ages, which has groups in more than 100 countries. For more information, visit:

About American University
American University is a leader in global education, enrolling a diverse student body from throughout the United States and nearly 140 countries. Located in Washington, D.C., the university provides opportunities for academic excellence, public service, and internships in the nation’s capital and around the world.

About American University’s School of International Service (SIS)
American University’s School of International Service (SIS) is a top-10 school of international affairs. Located in Washington, D.C., SIS prepares 3,000 graduate and undergraduate students for global service in government, nonprofits, and business—and connects them to an active international network of more than 20,000 alumni. Our students graduate prepared to combine knowledge with practice and wage peace in our world.

About Global Wildlife Conservation
Global Wildlife Conservation protects our natural world by conserving species and ecosystems at imminent risk of disappearing forever. GWC works with an extensive network of allied researchers and conservationists to protect endangered plants, animals, and their habitats. Together, GWC and partners implement biodiversity exploration, research, education, and conservation action. Priorities include searching for 'lost' species, creating new reserves to save the homes of the world's most endangered plants and animals, implementing innovative programs to thwart the international wildlife trade, strengthening anti-poaching and protected area management, training and educating the next generation of environmental leaders, and rewilding of degraded ecosystems through species reintroductions. For more information, visit