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Temple Grandin explores how 'The World Needs all Kinds of Minds'

March 17, 2011

Temple Grandin, renowned animal scientist and advocate for people with autism, presents "The World Needs All Kinds of Minds," part of CSU's "My Favorite Lecture" series.

Engaging and popular speaker

Diagnosed with autism as a child, Grandin will discuss how – by thinking in pictures rather than in language – her visual mind allows her to understand animal behavior in unique ways.

Grandin’s talk, hosted by TILT, is 4:30 p.m. March 23 in Room C-101 Plant Sciences Auditorium.

No RSVPs are necessary to attend the lecture; however, participants are encouraged to arrive early. The auditorium will open at 4 p.m. and close when seating capacity has been reached.

Grandin's favorite lecture centers on animal behavior, visual thinking, and autism. Diagnosed with autism as a child, Grandin will discuss how – by thinking in pictures rather than in language – her visual mind allows her to understand animal behavior in ways that others cannot.

Unique minds, complex challenges

An outspoken advocate for autistic people, Grandin will identify several types of unique minds found on the autism spectrum and explore how the complex challenges of the future can be better addressed by including people with such minds in the search for solutions.

Grandin teaches courses on livestock handling and facility design in the College of Agricultural Sciences and is a livestock industry consultant on facility design, livestock handling and animal welfare.

Wide-ranging author

Grandin is author of numerous books including Thinking in Pictures, Livestock Handling and Transport, Humane Livestock Handling, Emergence Labeled Autistic, and The Way I See It. Her books, Animals in Translation and Animals Make Us Human, both were on the New York Times best-seller list.

Grandin’s life story has been made into an HBO movie, Temple Grandin, starting Claire Danes, about her early life and career with the livestock industry. The movie received seven Emmy awards.

A free showing of Temple Grandin will take place at 7 p.m. April 14 in the Behavioral Sciences Building on campus.

TILT lecture series

The Institute for Learning and Teaching (TILT) hosts “My Favorite Lectures” each academic year. TILT’s Learning Programs provides an opportunity for students – who might not otherwise have the chance – to experience some of the University’s most distinguished professors speak on topics of interest that lay outside of their immediate course work or disciplinary paths.

Autism Spectrum Disorders Symposium

Grandin's "My Favorite Lecture" coincides with the CSU-sponsored Autism Spectrum Disorders Symposium, “Transition and Transformation: Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the College Environment,” which runs from March 23-24 in the Lory Student Center.

Grandin will deliver the symposium’s keynote address, “Autism and My Sensory-Based World,” at 9:15 a.m. March 23 in the LSC.

Focused on boosting autism awareness and helping autistic students move successfully into a university environment, the symposium helps kick off various National Autism Awareness Month activities scheduled in April.

Symposium information 

For more information on TILT’s lecture series, contact Heather Landers at,(970) 491-1324, or visit the Web.