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Jane Goodall Speaks at Washington and Lee

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Chimpanzee research pioneer Jane Goodall talked about a brighter future Thursday night at Washington and Lee University.

She shared personal stories to a packed house in Lee Chapel on the Lexington campus. Some watched the live stream on the university's website.

The title of her speech was "Sowing the Seeds of Hope." She talked about how she got her start in animal behavioral research.

"So people laughed, ‘Jane you're dreaming about something you can never achieve.’ But not my mother, she said perhaps not in these words but she implied throughout my childhood if you really want something you're going to have to work really hard, take advantage of opportunities and never give up,” Goodall said.

In 1960, Goodall began her landmark study of chimpanzees in what is now Tanzania.

She will be turning 80 this year.

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