Temple Grandin will be the Distinguished Speaker for March 13

Temple Grandin will be speaking, in the Occhiato University Center Ballroom, at Colorado State University-Pueblo, at a part of the Distinguished Speaker Series, on March 13 at 7 p.m. Photo courtesy of http://www.colostate-pueblo.edu

Temple Grandin has been named speaker for the Distinguished Speaker Series.

The event will take place on March 13 in the Occhiato University Center Ballroom, at Colorado State University-Pueblo, from 7-10 p.m.

Grandin is a doctor of animal science, a Colorado State University professor, a best-selling author, a consultant of animal behavior for the livestock industry and a philosophical leader for the movements of animal welfare and autism advocacy, according to Executive Director of External Affairs, Cora Zaletel.

Grandin’s high-functioning autism has inspired her to work as an advocate for autism. She invented a squeezing machine used to calm hypersensitive people.

“She knows the anxiety of feeling threatened by everything in her surroundings, and of being dismissed and feared, which motivates her work in humane livestock handling processes,” Zaletel said, in a campus event release.

Grandin has appeared on programs such as “Lisa Davis’s It’s Your Health,” “ABC’s Primetime Live,” “The Today Show,” “Larry King Live” and “Fresh Air with Terry Gross.” Grandin was also written about in Time magazine, People magazine, Discover magazine, Forbes and the New York Times, according to Zaletel.

She is played by Claire Danes in a semi-biographical HBO television movie, titled “Temple Grandin,” which was released in 2010. The film has been nominated 15 times for an Emmy and won five awards, two of which were Outstanding Made for Television Movie and Best Actress in a Drama, according to Zaletel.

Many of Grandin’s books, such as “Different … Not Less,” “The Way I See It,” “Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior” and “Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals,” are listed on her website.

Grandin’s book, “The Way I See It” and “Different, Not Less,” may be a topic of discussion during her presentation on March 13.

The event is free and open to the public.