Temple Grandin to speak about autism and animal behavior research

"Groundbreaking research into animal behavior and autism," by Temple Grandin, whose autism directed her to devote her life to animal welfare, will be presented at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13, in Schwab Auditorium on Penn State's University Park campus. A pre-event showing of the HBO Emmy winning biography of Grandin is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12, in Foster Auditorium, Room 102 Paterno Library.

Animal behavioral scientist Temple Grandin, who also is autistic, has devoted her career to improving conditions at the large processing plants that slaughter some of the 40 billion pounds of cattle and pigs for human consumption every year in the United States. In her research, Grandin recognizes that animals and autistic people share certain traits.

Both events are free and open to the public, but the presentation in Schwab requires a ticket for entry. Ticket distribution begins Oct. 3, at the following times and in the following locations:

-- 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday through Friday, Eisenhower Auditorium

-- 11 a.m.–2 p.m., Monday through Friday, HUB outlet

-- 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Monday through Friday, Penn State Tickets Downtown at the Downtown Theatre Center

-- 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Saturday, Penn State Tickets Downtown at the Downtown Theatre Center

-- 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Monday through Friday, Bryce Jordan Center

Ticket inquiries can be directed to Eisenhower Auditorium, 814-863-0255

An interpreter and a captionist will be available during the presentation, and, following Grandin’s presentation, the evening will include a 30-minute question-and-answer session and a book signing. Her book also will be available for sale.

In celebration of Disabilities Awareness Month, both events are sponsored by Library Services for Persons with Disabilities and the Office for Disability Services and the presentation is offered through the Distinguished Speakers Series.

Parking will be available in Eisenhower Parking Deck on the evening of Oct. 13.

For more information, contact Susan Hayya at 814-865-0284 or shh2@psu.edu.

Last Updated September 26, 2011