• Dr. Temple Grandin sitting amongst cows with a quote - "I am different...not less."

Temple Grandin, Ph.D., Animal Advocacy Expert and Autism Spokesperson

Monday, January 14, 2019 - University of Minnesota Crookston at 7 p.m, Lysaker Gymnasium
Contact Gail Myers myers062@crk.umn.edu for accessibility accommodations and parking recommendations.

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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. in Lysaker Gymnasium. Doors will open between 5:30-6:00 pm, and ticket holders will be seated on a first come first serve basis within Lysaker Gymnasium; 300 chairs with the remaining guests seated on the bleachers.

A book signing will take place as well as a chance for photos after the presentation Monday evening. More information on specific times and locations forthcoming.

Movie Trailer: Temple Grandin
(HBO, 2010, staring Claire Danes as Temple) 

Temple Grandin
movie showing at UMN Crookston
will be Thursday, January 9, 2019 at 7:00 pm in Kiehle Auditorium

About Temple Grandin

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.

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 Grandin’s webpage.

Request Disability Accommodations

Please contact Gail Myers, director of UMN Crookston Disability Resource Center, myers062@crk.umn.edu or 218-281-8587 to request disability accommodations.

Thank your to our sponsors whose generosity will make this event free to the public...

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Video Talks and Interviews

Video Talks and Interviews

TED2010  The World Needs All kinds of Minds

Temple Grandin TED 2019 Talk - The needs all kinds of minds - click to play

Talks at Google: The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum

What it Feels Like to be Autistic-- CNN

Temple Grandin is Revolutionizing the Way We Treat Livestock

Autism Support Network: Interview with Temple Grandin

CNN: Temple Grandin Takes Best Movie

Talking Cattle Handling with Temple Grandin

Hallmark Channel: Temple Grandin

Books Written By and About Temple Grandin - Available at the UMC Bookstore

Books Written By and About Temple Grandin - Available at the UMC Bookstore

The following books are available at the University of Minnesota Crookston Bookstore, Sargeant Student Center. There are 30-minute (free) Bookstore parking in Lot A, north of Sargeant Student Center. See UMN Crookston Maps.

Books for Adults

Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism
by Temple Grandin

Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior
by Temple Grandin, Catherine Johnson

The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum
by Temple Grandin, Richard Panek

Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals
by Temple Grandin, Catherine Johnson

Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World
by Sy Montgomery, Temple Grandin (Foreword by)

Dr. Temple Grandin--The Way I See It
by Temple Grandin

Different, Not Less: Ultimate Success Stories from People with Autism and Asperger's
by Temple Grandin, Tony Attwood (Foreword

Temple Talks about Autism and Sensory Issues: The World's Leading Expert on Autism Shares Her Advice and Experiences
by Temple Grandin


Books for Young Adults

Calling All Minds: How to Think and Create Like an Inventor
by Temple Grandin (one autographed copy in stock)


Books for Children

The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin (Amazing Scientists)
by Julia Finley Mosca and Daniel Rieley

Stories Written about Temple Grandin

Stories Written about Temple Grandin

Washington Post: An Interview with Animal Scientist Temple Grandin
Tuesday, April 6, 2010 

The biographical film "Temple Grandin," which aired on HBO in February and starred Claire Danes, ignited a new interest in Grandin and her work. The scientist squeezed in a phone call with us while on a layover en route to an autism meeting in Pennsylvania. Read more.


Smithsonian Magazine: A New Approach for Thinking About Thinking
July 2012

When I was young, I assumed that everybody thought in photo-realistic pictures the way I do. When I think about a church steeple, I see many specific steeples in my imagination. They pop into my mind like a series of slides projected on a screen. My concept of a church steeple is based on putting many examples in a file in my brain labeled “church steeples.” It was a mind-expanding experience for me to learn that other people process information in a different way. Read more.


NPR: The Woman Who Talks to Animals
February 5, 2010

This is FRESH AIR. I'm David Bianculli of tvworthwatching.com, sitting in for Terry Gross. This weekend, HBO presents the premiere of a fact-based made-for-TV movie called "Temple Grandin." Claire Danes stars in the title role, playing a woman whose autism was not only an obstacle but a gift, as she pursued a career in designing stockyards and lobbying for the humane treatment of livestock. Read more.