Regis University's Institute on the Common Good is bringing Dr. Temple Grandin, Ph.D., to speak at the University at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 14, in St. John Francis Regis Chapel. The public is invited to attend this free event.
Best known to most people as the subject and title of HBO's awarding-winning, biographical HBO movie starring Claire Danes, Grandin's interest are wide-ranging. She is an autism activist and educator, a designer of livestock handling facilities and a professor of animal science at Colorado State University.
"I am a scientist and college professor first and a person with autism second," Grandin has said. "Autism is an important part of me, and I do not want to change, but my career is my identity, not autism."
Her talk, "Different Kinds of Minds," will incorporate her many interests, as well as her amazing ability to help people understand what she's speaking about.
Partnering with ICG to bring Grandin to Regis are Student Disability Services, The Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions and The Regis University Sustainability Committee.
Born in Boston, Grandin earned her Ph.D. in animal science from the University of Illinois in 1989. Her bachelor's degree in psychology was earned from Franklin Pierce College in 1970.
Her engineering work in designing many kinds of facilities for handling livestock also are highly sought after, with her inventions used around the world. She's also known for her work encouraging humane treatment of animals during the slaughter process.
Grandin is world-renowned in her work to help parents and educators understand autism, and to help those on the autism spectrum succeed. She is highly in demand as a speaker, especially at autism conferences around the country.
In addition to her work as a professor and speaker, she is a best-selling author.
In 2010, Grandin was listed in the Time 100 list of the 100 most influential people in the world, where she was placed in the "Heroes" category.