The Rosenthal Lecture Series and Texas A&M University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will host the presentation “Different Kinds of Minds Need to Work Together” by Dr. Temple Grandin at 7 p.m. on Sept.14 at Rudder Auditorium.
Grandin, one of the world’s leading designers of humane livestock-handling facilities, is an animal scientist who has drawn from her experiences as a person with autism. Her story has been reported widely in the media, including most recently in Time magazine’s 2010 “The 100 Most Influential People in the World.” She is also the subject of the 2010 Emmy Award-winning HBO film “Temple Grandin,” which was a semi-biographical account of her life as a high-functioning person with autism.
The event, part of the college’s Centennial Lecture Series, is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. They can be obtained by contacting the Texas A&M University Box Office at 979-845-1234 or http://boxoffice.tamu.edu.
Grandin also will speak at 7 p.m. on Sept. 15 at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center at Texas A&M on the topic “Animal Welfare: A Practical Approach.” That event is also free and open to the public, but no tickets are required.
Currently a professor at Colorado State University, Grandin was diagnosed with autism in 1950. She became an internationally acclaimed expert on humane livestock handling facilities and a leader in the animal welfare movement. In North America, almost half of all cattle processing facilities include a center track restrainer system that she designed for meat plants.
She has been featured on National Public Radio, major television programs, such as the BBC special "The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow," ABC's Primetime Live, The Today Show, Larry King Live, 48 Hours and 20/20. She also has been written about in many national publications, such as People magazine, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, and New York Times.