Mia Farrow, actor and children's rights advocate, and Jane Goodall, renowned primatologist, are set to speak during convention plenary sessions.

You won't want to miss keynote addresses by two of the world's most influential humanitarians at the 100th annual RI Convention in Birmingham, England, this June.

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As a UNICEF goodwill ambassador, Farrow has worked to bring attention to the fight against polio, a disease she survived as a child. She also made three visits to war-ravaged Darfur to raise awareness of the challenges facing Sudanese refugees. 

Goodall has gained worldwide recognition for observing chimpanzee behavior over the past 25 years, often living in the chimps' natural habitat. She founded the Jane Goodall Institute for Wildlife Research, Education, and Conservation to advance individuals' power to improve the environment for all living things through informed and compassionate action.

Other keynote speakers at the 2009 convention will include:

  • Tom Henderson, Rotarian and founder and CEO of ShelterBox, a disaster-relief organization supported by Rotary clubs worldwide that has provided emergency shelter to more than 600,000 people in 45 countries
  • Deepa Willingham, Rotarian and founder of PACE Universal (Promise of Assurance to Children Everywhere), which helps advance the educational, nutritional, health, social, and cultural development of impoverished girls in India and other parts of the world

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