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Frederick Speaker Series presents

Dr. Temple Grandin

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January 18, 2018 3:00 pm Sold Out
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January 18, 2018 7:30 pm Sold Out

Orchestra & Mezzanine - $35
Rear Orchestra - $30
Balcony - $25
DISCOUNT (Seniors 62+, Students, Military, FAC Members, City of Frederick Employees)

3pm - SOLD OUT 7:30pm - SOLD OUT

Accomplished Autistic Author and Leading Animal Welfare Expert

Dr. Temple Grandin was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Grandin’s achievements are remarkable because she was an autistic child. At age two she had no speech and all the signs of severe autism. Fortunately, her mother defied the advice of the doctors and kept her out of an institution. Many hours of speech therapy and intensive teaching enabled Grandin to learn speech. As a teenager, life was hard, but 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 designer.

Grandin obtained her B.A. at Franklin Pierce College in 1970. 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 M.S. in Animal Science at Arizona State University for her work on the behavior of cattle in different squeeze chutes. Grandin was awarded her Ph.D in Animal Science from the University of Illinois in 1989.

She has done extensive work on the design of handling facilities. Half the cattle in the U.S. and Canada are handled in equipment she has designed for meat plants. Other professional activities include developing animal welfare guidelines for the meat industry and consulting with McDonalds, Wendy’s International, Burger King, and other companies on animal welfare.

Following her Ph.D. research on the effect of environmental enrichment on the behavior of pigs, she has published several hundred industry publications, book chapters, and technical papers on animal handling, plus 63 refereed journal articles and ten books. She is a professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University, where she continues her research while teaching courses on livestock handling and facility design. Her book “Animals in Translation” was a New York Times bestseller and her book “Livestock Handling and Transport” now has a third edition, which was published in 2007. Other popular books authored by Grandin include “Thinking in Pictures,” “Emergence Labeled Autistic,” “Animals Make us Human,” “Improving Animal Welfare: A Practical Approach,” and “The Way I See It.”

Grandin has received numerous awards, including the Meritorious Achievement Award from the Livestock Conservation Institute. She was named a Distinguished Alumni at Franklin Pierce College and received honorary doctorates from McGill University, University of Illinois, and Duke University. She has also won prestigious industry awards including the Richard L. Knowlton Award from Meat Marketing and Technology Magazine, the Industry Advancement Award from the American Meat Institute and the Beef Top 40 industry leaders, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

Grandin 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. Articles and interviews have appeared in the New York Times, People, Time, National Public Radio, 20/20, The View, and the BBC. She was also honored in TIME Magazine’s 2010 “The 100 Most Influential People in the World.” In 2011, Grandin was inducted into the Cowgirl Hall of Fame. In 2012, Grandin was inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame. HBO has recently premiered a movie about Grandin’s early life and career in the livestock industry. The movie received seven Emmy awards, a Golden Globe, and a Peabody Award.

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7 thoughts on “Dr. Temple Grandin

  1. I plan on bringing my daughter and I to see Temple on January 18th. My daughter has Aspergers Syndrome and she begged me to take her. I guess I will be scrimping and saving to make this happen.

    • I think that is WONDERFUL Ree!! The saving and scrimping will be soo worth it. I work one on one with special needs students. They are amazing, wonderful, kind, loving individuals and I could go on.
      I thank you for taking your daughter and hope you both have a great time.

  2. Very disappointed that this is sold out. I *just* saw it on facebook, immediately came here but could not buy a ticket. Consider adding another date? If not, it would be nice to indicate on the event on facebook that it is sold out. Otherwise people will continue to see it as a suggested event, show interest in it only to find out they may not attend.

  3. Is there anyway to get a ticket? I just found out about this and I have been dreaming to see Dr. Grandin speak for over 5 years. Someone please help!

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