Brescia University William R. Young Jr. Lecture Series is proud to present Temple Grandin, Ph.D , April 9, 2015 at 7:00 pm at St. Stephen Cathedral. This event is free and open to the public.
Dr. Grandin is an innovator, author and activist and is considered one of the most accomplished and well-known adults with autism in the world. Grandin is considered a philosophical leader of both the animal welfare and autism advocacy movements.
Her life was brought to the screen with the HBO full-length film Temple Grandin, starring Claire Danes. Dr. Grandin has been featured on NPR, and has a 2010 TED Lecture titled “The World Needs ALL Kinds of Minds.”
She was also featured on the BBC Special “The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow,” ABC’s “Primetime Live,” “The Today Show,” and many more. She obtained her B.A. at Franklin Pierce College and her M.S. in Animal Science at Arizona State University. She received her Ph.D. in Animal Science from the University of Illinois in 1989.
“We are very excited to have Dr. Grandin here in Owensboro as part of the Young Speaker series, she is truly an inspiration and a perfect example that individuals with autism can accomplish wonderful things,” stated Vicki Will, Associate Professor of Psychology. “Her message is a perfect fit for our mission here at Brescia University, particularly in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department.”
Dr. Grandin developed her talents into a successful career as a livestock-handling equipment designer, one of the few in the world. She currently serves as a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University, teaching courses on livestock behavior and facility design and consults with the livestock industry on facility design, livestock handling and animal welfare. Livestock facilities she has designed can be found all over the world.
Her current best-selling book on autism is The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger’s, which will be available at the event and a book signing will take place immediately following her presentation.
She has also authored Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships, Animals Make Us Human, Animals in Translation, Thinking in Pictures and Emergence: Labeled Autistic.
Also immediately following the event, the Brescia University National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) will be hosting a “Light It Up Blue” event on campus.
Every April, Autism Speaks celebrates this event as part of a global initiative to kick off Autism Awareness Month. Many iconic landmarks, sports venues and concert halls will also be lighting it up blue.
The event will take place at 8:30 pm, in the Brescia University Quad.
For more information, contact Kayla Cruse at [email protected] or 270.686.2110.