Dian Fossey Collection

The Dian Fossey exhibit, which operated on the brenau Gainesville campus from 2010 to 2017, celebrated the life and work of Dian Fossey (1932-1985) whose multi-year studies of gorilla communities in Africa are still without equal. Fossey is believed to have been murdered by poachers in a remote part of Rwanda. The exhibit featured an unusual combination of cultural artifacts, photographs and personal items recovered from Fossey’s home after her death, including her typewriter and a manuscript for her book, Gorillas in the Mist, with her hand-written edits and notations in the margins.

The link below will direct you to a 2010 video in which the brenau exhibition’s curator Melissa Hozey interviews Dr. Tara Stoinksi, Mcgrath Chair of Conservation and Science for the Fossey foundation. Dr. Stoinski talks viewers through the exhibit, explaining Fossey’s life and work.

Brenau’s involvement with the Atlanta-based Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International began in 2010 with a series of special programs for students and the public in Gainesville and Atlanta. A year earlier, the United Nations Environmental Programme Convention on Migratory Species, the UNEP/UNESCO Great Apes Survival Partnership and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums joined hands to declare 2009 the Year of the Gorilla. Brenau University celebrated the event with the opening of the Fossey exhibit as part of its first-year student orientation initiatives that has exposed the students to the work of some of the most influential authors and leaders in the world.


Click here to view the video.

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