Autism advocate Temple Grandin will headline Illinois State University’s Science and Technology Week.
She will present “The World Needs All Kinds of Minds” at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Brown Ballroom of the Bone Student Center. The talk is free and open to the public. After the talk, Grandin will have a book signing.
“Temple will be talking about how people think differently and how those differences can be beneficial,” Kara Snyder, assistant dean of Marketing, Communications and Constituent Relations of the College of Applied Science and Technology said. “She will talk about great minds of the past and question what they would have been able to accomplish, had a label been applied to them.”
Grandin has been considered the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world. In 2010 her life story was made into an HBO feature film which won Emmy awards, a Golden Globe and a Peabody Award.
“I hope the audience [of Grandin’s talk] take away that our differences make us stronger, are an asset and can make us stronger,” Snyder said. “One of Illinois State University’s core values is diversity and inclusion. Temple brings a diversity of thought and will bring a different perspective of how she thinks.”
Grandin’s area of study is animal science, which is a major in the Department of Agriculture in the College of Applied Science and Technology. She is the author of many books including “Emergence: Labeled Autistic,” “Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism,” “Animals in Translation,” “Animals Make Us Human” and more.
The 2019 annual Science and Technology Week is April 8-12. The week will have a variety of events aside from Grandin’s presentation, including a Professional Development Dinner at 5 p.m. on Monday in the Prairie Room of the Bone Student Center.
There will also be the Hancock Stadium Club Room Academy of Achievement Induction Ceremony starting with breakfast at 8:30 a.m. April 11.
The Women in Leadership Conference will be at 8:30 a.m. April 12 in the Hancock Stadium Club Room. Those interested in learning more about the various Science and Technology Week events can visit https://cast.illinoisstate.edu/about/week/scitechweek2019.php.
“Science and Technology Week is a great way to take learning outside of the classroom and have some hands-on experiences with other students from the college,” Snyder said. “[The week] celebrates advancements in the field of science and technology as well as the hardworking, dedicated students and professionals who make those advancements possible.”