Renowned author, lecturer, and professor Temple Grandin will speak at 8
p.m. Jan. 28 at the Cage Center.
event is free and open to the public.
a professor of animal science at Colorado State University, has designed
systems to promote humane treatment of farm animals. Even though she is
autistic and did not talk until she was 3, Grandin is now a renowned lecturer,
writer and researcher. Her life story has also been made into an HBO
movie starring Claire Danes, which won seven Emmy awards.
achievements are remarkable because she was an autistic child. Many hours of
speech therapy, and intensive teaching enabled her to learn speech. Mentoring
by her high school science teacher and her aunt on her ranch in Arizona motivated
Grandin to study and pursue a career as a scientist and livestock equipment
obtained a bachelor of arts degree from Franklin Pierce College in 1970. And in
1974, she was employed as Livestock Editor for the Arizona Farmer Ranchman and also
worked for Corral Industries on equipment design. In 1975, she earned her
master of animal science degree at Arizona State University for her work on the
behavior of cattle. She was awarded her doctorate in animal science from the
University of Illinois in 1989.
is a past member of the board of directors of the Autism Society of America.
She lectures to parents and teachers throughout the U.S. on her experiences
with autism. She has appeared in the New York Times, People and on
National Public Radio. She was also honored in Time magazine’s 2010 “The 100
Most Influential People in the World” and in 2012, Grandin was inducted into
the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame.
lecture is made possible by the Conson C. Wilson Lectureship whose goal is to
bring scholars of national and international renown and interest to Berry
College. The program bears the name of Colonel Conson Cummins Wilson, a
longtime friend of Berry whose estate included a bequest to endow a lectureship
Written by Public Relations Supervisor Hayden Sloan