Temple Grandin, the most accomplished and well-known adult with high-functioning autism, will present "Different Kinds of Minds Contribute to Society" at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17 as part of The Forum series at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
A question-and-answer session will follow Grandin's presentation in Zorn Arena on UW-Eau Claire's lower campus. A reception and book signing will then be held in the Dakota Room of Davies Center.
Grandin is a passionate and influential advocate for the humane treatment of animals. The 2010 HBO movie based on her life, starring Claire Danes, received seven Emmy awards.
Grandin thinks in pictures rather than words and is hypersensitive to noise and other sensory stimuli. She did not talk until she was nearly four years old, communicating instead by screaming, peeping and humming. Blessed with determined parents and good teachers and mentors, she was placed in a structured nursery school and, later, a special boarding school with dairy cows and horses.
"Animals saved me," Grandin says.
She went on to academic success, earning a degree in psychology and a doctorate in animal science. A professor of animal science at Colorado State University since 1990, Grandin has used the insights gained from her autism to revolutionize the livestock industry. In 2010, Time magazine included Grandin on its list of the world's 100 most influential people, in the "Heroes" category.
Tickets for The Forum are available for order online, at the Service Center in Davies Center's east lobby, or at the door on the day of the event. Call 715-835-3727 for more information.
The Forum is funded by the students of UW-Eau Claire. Speakers are selected and administered by the Activities, Involvement and Leadership office of the University Centers and by an administrative committee composed of students, faculty and staff, and community members. General promotional support is provided by WHYS Radio and Wisconsin Public Radio. As one of the longest continuous programs in the United States of its kind, The Forum has worked to present many of the world's leading personalities since its foundation in 1942.