A Conversation with Dr. Jane Goodall

Presented by The Franklin Institute and ICV

Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 12:00pm

Benjamin Franklin National Memorial


World-Renowned Conservationist, Humanitarian, United Nations Messenger of Peace, and 2003 Franklin Institute Awards Laureate Dr. Jane Goodall returns to The Franklin Institute on Sunday, September 17 to discuss hope for the natural world in challenging times.

In an extraordinary public event, Dr. Goodall will reflect on her work advocating for animal welfare and conservation and share her views on the threats facing animals, other environmental crises, and her reasons for hope—including her experience inspiring and engaging youth through her global service program Roots & Shoots. 

Through more than 50 years of groundbreaking work, Dr. Jane Goodall has not only shown us the urgent need to protect chimpanzees from extinction; she has also redefined species conservation to include the needs of local people and the environment. 

In 1991, Goodall founded Roots & Shoots, a global youth service program designed to foster respect and compassion for all living things, to promote understanding of all cultures and beliefs, and to inspire each individual to take action to make the world a better place for people, other animals, and the environment.

During the conversation, Dr. Goodall will inspire the world’s next generation to create positive change for a sustainable future. She will be joined for this segment by special guests Jonathan Granoff and Robert Smith who serve as Senior Advisors to the Permanent Secretariat of the World Nobel Peace Laureates. Mr. Granoff also serves as an Advisor to the Jane Goodall Institute and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.

In 2003, The Franklin Institute proudly honored Dr. Goodall with a Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Science and welcomed her to Philadelphia to accept the prestigious honor.  Today she travels the world, inspiring millions of people, young and old, giving them hope that together we will create positive change to make this world a better place for people, animals and the environment we all share. 

This exceptional afternoon is presented in partnership with ICV, a nonprofit organization that brings visibility to sustainable companies and organizations and introduces them to investors and philanthropists who care for our future and can advance corporate responsibility, capitalize businesses at significant levels, and influence systemic change in the world. ICV is mobilizing trillions of dollars to find solutions to the Sustainable Development Goals. 

Ticket Prices:


Advance tickets; seating is limited

Appropriate for ages 10+

$50 Public; general museum admission is included

$45 Child; ages 10-17

$30 Members of The Franklin Institute