Last Thursday, mountain_child and I went to WSU to see Jane Goodall, the famous primatologist and conservationist, also credited with the discovery that man is not the only species to use tools. She was in town to talk about one of her latest book topics, called "A Reason for Hope." She spent a lot of time outlining the myriad environmental problems in the world, but followed them up with examples that shows our capability to change things for the better. She also talked about several programs she's founded to do exactly that, such as the Jane Goodall Institute, and Roots and Shoots. I really enjoyed her speech because she seemed like the perfect embodiment of a person who's observed a problem, and gone above and beyond to fix the problem without becoming bitter or jaded. It was awesome.
Because I knew she was going to be doing a book signing, as soon as we had seats (we arrived very early) I jumped up to go buy a book for her to sign afterward. Thing is, I didn't know she'd written so many. I sorted through an huge table of them and found it impossible to choose, because they were all on very interesting topics, and all were written in a very accessible, readable voice. Predicably for me, I went looking for a book and came back with seven.
*Harvest for Hope: A Guide to Mindful Eating
*My Life With the Chimpanzees
*Through a Window
*Reason for Hope: A Spiritual Journey
*The Ten Trusts: What We Must Do to Care for the Animals We Love
*Africa in My Blood: An Autobiography in Letters
*Beyond Innocence: An Autobiography in Letters
I bounced up and down all through her talk, As soon as the talk was over, I skipped the question and answer session and wibbled up to the book signing line, since the line to just buy books before the talk was about 45 minutes long. I stood in the signing line for about an hour, but at the end of that, I got to meet and talk with the legendary Dr. Jane Goodall. She signed my books and shook my hand, and was very nice. She also looked very tired, so I didn't bother her for too long (that, and Tyler was being very tolerant by waiting for me so long).
Jane Goodall! SQUEE.