Renowned animal scientist and autism awareness advocate Dr. Temple Grandin will deliver two presentations at Eureka College Jan. 21.
Grandin will speak about her books “Animals Make Us Human” at 12:30 [update] and “The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger’s” at 7:30 p.m., both in the Cerf Center. Admission for each presentation is $5. Students and teachers will be admitted free of charge.
The noon presentation will be for members of the Illinois Beef Association and the public. It will focus on Grandin’s work in animal husbandry and how her own autism informed her research.
The 7:30 p.m. presentation, which also is open to the public, will focus on her autism research.
Grandin was diagnosed with autism in 1950 as a toddler and communicated only by screaming, peeping and humming. After completing her education, including a doctorate in animal husbandry, she has a successful career as a livestock-handling equipment designer.
Grandin is the subject of the Emmy Award-winning HBO biopic “Temple Grandin” starring Claire Danes. Grandin has written more than 12 books about animal behavior and autism, Asperger’s and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
“Temple Grandin has revolutionized the way society views autism and Asperger’s and has given these conditions an intelligent and human face,” said Eureka College Provost Philip Acree Cavalier. “The campus is thrilled and honored to host Dr. Grandin, a unique and powerful voice who inspires others to pursue their dreams no matter what obstacles may stand in their way.”
For more information, contact the Provost’s Office at (309) 467-6301.