TomorrowTalks with Jane Goodall: The Book of Hope

Jane Goodall / Photo by Andrew Zuckerman

Arizona State University welcomes renowned primatologist and conservationist Jane Goodall as a guest in its TomorrowTalks series. Goodall will discuss her newest book, "The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times" in an online event on Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 10:30 a.m. Arizona / MST (9:30 a.m. PST / 11:30 a.m. CST / 12:30 p.m. EST). ASU primatologist Ian Gilby, a researcher with the Institute of Human Origins and an associate professor in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change, will introduce Goodall. The conversation will be facilitated by ASU sustainability scholar Ron Broglio, professor of English and director of the Desert Humanities Initiative in the Institute for Humanities Research.

About the book

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In “The Book of Hope,” Goodall, the world's most famous living naturalist, and Douglas Abrams, the internationally bestselling co-author of “The Book of Joy,” explore through intimate and thought-provoking dialogue one of the most sought after and least understood elements of human nature: hope.

Drawing on decades of work that has helped expand our understanding of what it means to be human and what we all need to do to help build a better world, "The Book of Hope" touches on vital questions, including: How do we stay hopeful when everything seems hopeless? How do we cultivate hope in our children? What is the relationship between hope and action? Filled with moving and inspirational stories and photographs from Goodall’s remarkable career, "The Book of Hope" is a deeply personal conversation with one of the most beloved figures in the world today.

About Jane Goodall

At the young age of 26, Jane Goodall followed her passion for animals and Africa to Gombe, Tanzania, where she began her landmark study of chimpanzees in the wild. Goodall’s discovery in 1960 that chimpanzees make and use tools rocked the scientific world and redefined the relationship between humans and animals. In 1977, she established the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI), a global non-profit organization that advances greater understanding and protection of great apes and their habitats, environmental and animal advocacy, community-led conservation and youth empowerment. 

Goodall, also a UN Messenger of Peace and Dame Commander of the British Empire, travels the world, speaking about the threats facing chimpanzees, environmental crises and her reasons for hope. In her books and speeches, she emphasizes the interconnectedness of all living things and the collective power of individual action.

About the series

TomorrowTalks place thought leaders of today in conversation with the changemakers of tomorrow: our students. Each distinguished speaker will explain how they use writing to address our most pressing challenges. This year, the series celebrates women in science and in addition to Goodall, speakers include Meg Lowman (February 2022) and Pardis Mahdavi (March 2022).

TomorrowTalks are a student-engagement initiative led by the Division of Humanities in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at ASU and hosted by ASU's Department of English in partnership with Macmillan Publishers. Goodall's talk is also supported by the Institute of Human Origins at ASU, which houses the Jane Goodall Institute's Gombe Research Archive and Database.

Photo of Jane Goodall by Andrew Zuckerman.

Kyle Jensen
Writing Programs, Department of English