Temple Grandin speaks of a life of challenges and accomplishments

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 16, 2011 — Temple Grandin will present a talk focused on her life of challenges and successes with autism, on Thursday, March 3, at 11 a.m. in the O’Reilly Family Event Center at Drury University. The event is free and open to the public.

Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin, Ph.D., has been called “the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world.” Her autism has given her a unique perspective into the lives of stock animals, and half of the cattle in the U.S. are handled in facilities designed by Grandin.

Grandin, the author of six books, has been the focus of much media attention over the past few months.  Grandin was named a “hero” by Time magazine and was placed on their list of the 100 most influential people of 2010. Additionally, her life is the subject of a recent critically acclaimed HBO film Temple Grandin. The film, which stars Claire Danes, was nominated for 3 Golden Globe Awards, and Danes won Best Actress in a Made for TV Movie. The film also won a total of seven Emmy Awards including Outstanding Made for Television Movie, Outstanding Director and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie.

Grandin will discuss her life’s challenges and successes, and provide insight into what the New York Times calls “a mind that’s ‘different but not less.’”

Flash photography will not be allowed at this event.

Drury University’s 2010-2011 convocation series The Persistence of Memory, Perspectives on the Past examines history and how it relates to our understanding of the present.
All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more details about speakers visit www.drury.edu/memory or contact Theme Year Director Bill Garvin at (417) 873-7482.

Media note: Dr. Grandin will be available to speak to the media from 10:30–10:45 a.m. in the conference room on the lower level of the O’Reilly Family Event Center. Media are asked to be in place by 10:20 a.m. During Dr. Grandin’s speech, news media are welcome to photograph or videotape the event, but are asked to please respect audience members’ sight lines. No flash photography will be allowed during Dr. Grandin’s speech.

Media Contact:
Bill Garvin
Theme Year Director
Office: (417) 873-7482
: wgarvin@drury.edu