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Dr. Jane Goodall ~ the 2015-2016 DeCoursey Lecture

Laurie Auditorium at Trinity University

One Trinity Place, San Antonio, TX, USA

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Tickets for Jane Goodall are sold out. ​If you were unable to obtain tickets​: 500 overflow seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Stieren Theater on the Trinity campus, where attendees can view a live stream of the event. Those doors will open at 6:30 as well. You are welcome to return to Laurie Auditorium afterward to purchase a book and have it signed by Dr. Goodall. For those not attending on campus, the event will also be live streamed and archived on

Trinity University Press presents the 2015-2016 DeCoursey Lecture
The Jane Effect ~ An Evening with Dr. Jane Goodall

Join renowned conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall as she reflects on her 55-year career advocating for chimpanzees and the environment.

The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. You MUST bring your printed ticket with you to the event. Limited two per person. General admission. Event begins at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Unclaimed seats will be released five minutes before the start of the event.

The event celebrates the publication of the book, The Jane Effect: Celebrating Jane Goodall, published by Trinity University Press and edited by Dale Peterson and Marc Bekoff​. The new book honors Dr. Goodall's 80th birthday in 2014 and features more than 100 testimonies by Goodall’s friends and colleagues highlighting her as a scientific pioneer, inspiring teacher, and advocate for animals.

Following her lecture, Dr. Goodall will autograph copies of The Jane Effect. Because of time considerations, Dr. Goodall will NOT be available for any other signatures or to sign any other books. She will sign one copy of The Jane Effect per person.

Copies of The Jane Effect will be on sale at the event or can be purchased online in advance at or nationally and online wherever books are sold.

In July 1960, Jane 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.

In 1977, she established the Jane Goodall Institute, 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. Dr. Goodall founded Roots & Shoots with a group of Tanzanian students in 1991. Today, Roots & Shoots connects hundreds of thousands of youth in more than 130 countries who take action to make the world a better place for people, animals, and the environment.

Dr. Goodall travels an average of 300 days per year, speaking about the threats facing chimpanzees, other environmental crises, and her reasons for hope that humankind will solve the problems it has imposed on the earth. Dr. Goodall’s honors include the French Legion of Honor, the Medal of Tanzania, and Japan’s prestigious Kyoto Prize. In 2002, Dr. Goodall was appointed to serve as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, and in 2003, she was named a Dame of the British Empire.

For more information about Dr. Goodall and the work of the Jane Goodall Institute, please visit You can also keep up with Jane on Social Media as she journeys around the world nearly 300 days a year through Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

The DeCoursey Lecture series is made possible by a gift from the late Gen. Elbert DeCoursey and Mrs.​ Esther ​DeCoursey of San Antonio.

Driving directions to Laurie Auditorium at Trinity University and parking information can be found here.

Photo credit by Davis S. Holloway.

Map of Event Location
Thursday, September 24th, 2015 7:30 pm –  9:00 pm