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Temple Grandin, Ph.D., Animal Advocacy Expert and Autism Spokesperson, will present at the UMN Crookston

By Cassandra Morthera on
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Temple Grandin, American autism spokesperson, professor of animal science, and consultant to the livestock industry, will speak at the University of Minnesota Crookston on Monday, January 14, 2019, at 7 p.m. Interest is great, seating is limited and free. RSVP before December 14 and print your free ticket to assure a seat for this much anticipated event.  

A book signing will take place from 5:30-6:30 as well as a chance for photos.

More information on specific locations forthcoming.


Grandin is a pioneer in the sense that she is one of the first people on the autism spectrum to share her experiences, insights, and overall knowledge with the public. Grandin overcame many of the obstacles she faced because of her passion for animals. Her story and her work with them, including humane livestock handling, have inspired many across the nation to improve and further develop how they relate to animals. Her work, research, and published writings such as Animals Make Us Human, shine a light on brain processes like associative thinking and often feeling fear, and how they can help people comprehend animals on a deeper level.  

Furthermore, thanks to Grandin’s knowledge and first-hand experiences, society has steadily become more aware of the fact that everyone has a unique mind, a unique way of learning, and a unique way of visualizing life. Grandin emphasizes the importance of understanding this because it is vital when it comes to adjusting our education system as well as ensuring the success of people with autism, for example.Temple Grandin

As Grandin speaks at events all over the country, she educates people on how to better understand people with autism, adjust the education system, as well as how to improve the care of animals and fulfillment of their needs.

For more information visit or contact Gail Myers at 218-281-8587.

About UMN Crookston
One of five campuses that comprise the University of Minnesota System, the University of Minnesota Crookston now delivers 35 bachelor's degrees and 25 minors on campus as well as 16 degrees available entirely online. These degrees are offered in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology. With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree. Visit

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The University of Minnesota System, with campuses in Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Rochester, and the Twin Cities, is driven by a singular vision of excellence. We are proud of our land-grant mission of world-class education, groundbreaking research, and community-engaged outreach, and we are unified in our drive to serve Minnesota.


Cassandra Morthera

University Relations


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