Jungle Perspectives: Learning from the Work of Jane Goodall

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This presentation will highlight author Dr. John Crocker's eight months as a student studying families of wild chimpanzees with Jane Goodall in Tanzania and how the experience influenced him as a family doctor and father. It includes close-up views of chimp behaviors at Goodall's study site with film clips, slides and interactive discussion. It will also touch on clinical cases in Dr. Crocker's medical practice to illustrate how he viewed common conditions such as anxiety, depression and ADD from an evolutionary perspective. 

Dr. John Crocker is a family physician, author and speaker, sharing lessons learned from his time studying chimpanzees with Jane Goodall in Tanzania in his book, Following Fifi. An advocate for the environment and for better understanding of emotional well-being, he speaks and writes on lessons learned from our closest living relatives. He was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, and attended Stanford University where he met Jane Goodall, and received his MD from Case Western School of Medicine in Cleveland. He has two sons who occasionally help validate the closeness of chimp and human behavior.

Thursday, January 30, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Welsh Hall

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