Jane Goodall, the foremost expert on chimpanzees, is one of four guest speakers at this year's Town Hall Series at the Capitol Theatre in Yakima.
Goodall opens the series on Oct. 5. The rest of the impressive who's who on the lecture lineup include Rabbi Brad Hirschfield on Nov. 9, Gina Barreca on March 7 and Michio Kaku on April 11.
Goodall will share her insight on her work with chimpanzees, believed to be some of the most intelligent and social animals on the planet.
Hirschfield is a former Israeli settler who saw the perils of using extremism as a solution for conflicting beliefs. His book, You Don't Have to be Wrong for Me to be Right, offers a new way of approaching the issues that divide the country and the world.
His ideas on dealing with extremism are to use the power of civility and dialogue as an alternative to fanaticism.
Barreca is known for taking a humorous look at the relationship between men and women during the past 10,000 years.
Barreca, a columnist for The Hartford Courant newspaper, uses humor to point out misunderstandings between the sexes.
Kaku is a top-rated nuclear physicist and co-founder of the string field theory.
"Kaku is famous for being able to break science, impossible to understand, into regular terms," said Debby Douglas, spokeswoman for the Capitol Theatre board of directors.
Kaku will talk about revolutionary developments in fields such as medicine, computers, space travel and other topics that will forever change our way of life and alter the course of civilization itself, she added.
"We also sell a limited number of lunches, which immediately follow each speaker's event, where ticket holders have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A session with our speakers," Douglas said.
A limited number of lunches are available and cost an extra $70. The cost to attend all four lectures is $75. There are no tickets for individual events.
"We work hard to gain the support of business people in our community to help defray our costs, as our ticket sales can no longer pay the mounting fees of speakers and their travel and lodging," Douglas said.
Tickets are available at www.yakimatownhall.com or call 509-966-0930.
*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org