Dr. Temple Grandin Guest Lecture

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Sunday April 7

3:00 PM  –  4:00 PM


PLEASE NOTE: Tickets are reserved on a first come, first-serve basis and may sell out quickly. Limit 2 Tickets Per Reservation.

RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED to see Dr. Temple Grandin’s keynote speech in the OtterBox Digital Dome Theater.

Please bring your email confirmation to the Welcome Desk.

Who Is Dr. Temple Grandin?

Temple Grandin, Ph.D., is a professor, best-selling author, animal behaviorist, scientist, and autism self-advocate. Diagnosed with autism when she was three, Dr. Grandin’s mother rejected her doctor’s advice to institutionalize her, and provided her with intensive speech therapy, a structured home and a nurturing school environment. Later, with encouragement from her high school science teacher and an aunt who ran a ranch in Arizona, Dr. Grandin pursued a career in animal science. With unique abilities to think visually and recall small details she began to design humane livestock handling equipment, eventually revolutionizing the industry. Today over half the cattle in North America are handled in a system she designed. Other professional activities include developing animal welfare guidelines for the meat industry and consulting with McDonald's, Wendy’s International, Burger King, and other major companies.

Dr. Grandin obtained her B.A. from Franklin Pierce College, her M.S. in Animal Science from Arizona State University, and her Ph.D. in Animal Science from the University of Illinois. Today she teaches courses on livestock behavior and facility design at Colorado State University and consults with the livestock industry on facility design, livestock handling, and animal welfare. In 2010, Time Magazine named her one of the world’s 100 most influential people. In addition to Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism, her books Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior (2005) and Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals (2009) are best-sellers. Her life story has also been made into the HBO movie Temple Grandin, which won seven Emmy awards and a Golden Globe. In 2017, she was inducted into The Women's Hall of Fame and in 2018 was made a fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.