Talk: Elisabeth Kübler Ross and Jane Goodall (Bilbao, Spain)

Cultural Activities


The Luzarra Space in Deusto hosted an event consisting of two micro-talks on two brilliant women: Elisabeth Kübler Ross and Jane Goodall.

Elisabeth Kübler Ross was born in Zurich in 1926. As a young girl she joined the “Volunteers for Peace” group and went to work in Poland. There she visited the Majdanek concentration camp and was intrigued by the number of butterflies painted on the barracks by the prisoners.

She revolutionized hospital medicine by treating the dying in a more natural and humane way.  She finally understood the enigma of butterflies, that just as human beings leave their bodies at the hour of death, they leave their silk cocoons.

She discovered the five stages of grief that help overcome loss: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and finally acceptance.



Jane Goodall, the ambassador of the animal world. In love with Tarzan of the Apes, at the age of 22 she traveled to Tanzania.  There she lived with the chimpanzees and established bonds of friendship with them. She gave them names and gave them an identity.

She demonstrated that they have emotions and she fought to improve their conditions in cages when they are used for experiments. She abolished the scientific belief that only humans use tools.

She founded the Jane Goodall Roots and Shoots Institute to bring people and especially children closer to the world of animals.

Admired and recognized all over the world, Jane Goodall convinces, not with arguments, but by telling stories that are part of her life and experience and that touch people’s hearts.


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