Temple Grandin to Speak at MPCC’s Broken Bow Campus

Temple Grandin to Speak at MPCC’s Broken Bow Campus
Temple Grandin, nationally-renowned animal behaviorist and autism activist. Photo credit: Rosalie Winard.

BROKEN BOW – Visionary, pioneer in ethical animal treatment, autism activist, and professor in animal behavior at Colorado State University Temple Grandin will give a talk at the One Box Convention Center in Broken Bow on Sunday, September 25 at 7 p.m.

Grandin, the subject of the movie Temple Grandin, was diagnosed with an exceptionally rare form of autism in which she saw the world through “images and pictures,” allowed her to connect with animals in a way that few, if any, humans can.

Grandin was inducted into both The National Women’s Hall of Fame and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2010, TIME Magazine named her one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World.”

Through her unique perspective, she became one of the world’s prominent experts in animal welfare and autism, going on to develop less strenuous methods for corralling herd animals in feedlots around the world.

One of the more famous inventions, now commonplace throughout the nation’s feedlots and slaughterhouses, is the serpentine chute: designed in 1974, it takes advantage of the natural, circular movements of herds. In the almost 50 years since its adoption, over half of the cattle in the United States are ushered through it.

Grandin will speak on autism, her upbringing, her success and ideas regarding animal behavior, and her mother, who she cites as a dedicated, unwavering force on her path to becoming the influential person she is today.

Tickets are available by calling the Broken Bow Campus of Mid-Plains Community College at 308-872-5259. Grandin will also appear on Monday, the 26 at the North Platte Community Playhouse; those tickets can be reserved by calling 308-535-3687.