CSU - Pueblo speaker series features autism, animal rights advocate Temple Grandin

CSU - Pueblo speaker series features autism, animal rights advocate Temple Grandin

PUEBLO – The 2012-2013 Distinguished Speakers Series at Colorado State University-Pueblo will conclude in March with Temple Grandin, autism and animal welfare advocate. The event is free and open to the public.

Grandin will present Different Kinds of Minds, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13 in the Occhiato University Center Ballroom. Grandin is a philosophical leader of both the animal welfare and autism advocacy movements. She knows the anxiety of feeling threatened by everything in her surroundings, and of being dismissed and feared, which motivates her work in humane livestock handling processes. Her books will be available for purchase at the event from the CSU-Pueblo Bookstore for a book signing following her presentation.

Temple GrandinShe is an doctor of animal science and professor at Colorado State University, bestselling author, and consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior. As a person with high-functioning autism, Grandin also is noted for her work in autism advocacy and is the inventor of the squeeze machine designed to calm hypersensitive people. Grandin has been featured on major media programs, such as Lisa Davis's It's Your Health, ABC's Primetime Live, the Today Show, and Larry King Live, the NPR show, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, and written up in Time magazine, People magazine, Discover magazine, Forbes and The New York Times. She also is the focus of a semi-biographical HBO film, titled Temple Grandin, starring Claire Danes. The movie was released in 2010, nominated for 15 Emmys, and earned five awards, including Outstanding Made for Television Movie and Best Actress in a Drama.

For more information on Grandin, visit http://www.templegrandin.com. For more information on the series, contact the CSU-Pueblo Office of Student Affairs at 549-2687 or visit www.colostate-pueblo.edu/speakers. All events are free and open to the public on a first come, first-served basis.

The Distinguished Speakers Series features eminent national or international speakers who contribute to current thought in social or political activities, in the arts and sciences, or other realms of contemporary significance. The series is an opportunity to learn from scholars, politicians, and business people, who can inspire students and community members to think critically about current issues, trends, events, knowledge, diversity, and leadership. Events will be co-sponsored by the Office of Student Activities, Student Fee Governing Board, Associated Students’ Government, Diversity Resource Center, Hasan School of Business, College of Science and Math, and the Division of Student Affairs.

Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.