Tickets are free, but you need to RSVP by Dec. 14 to secure a seat

    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, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m.

    Interest in this free event is great, but seating is limited. RSVP at before Dec. 14 and print your free ticket to assure a seat.

    A book signing will take place from 5:30-6:30 and there will be an opportunity for photos as well.

    More information on specific locations that will be utilized during Grandin’s visit will be announced as the event approaches.

    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 firsthand 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.

    Grandin was perhaps introduced to the world at large in the 2010 biopic film “Temple Grandin,” in which Grandin was portrayed by Claire Danes. The film was lauded by critics and won numerous awards.

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