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Temple Grandin is Coming to Delta College

January 2, 2019Temple Grandin

On Thursday, February 14, world-renowned author, professor and presenter Dr. Temple Grandin will be coming to Delta College to present as part of Delta’s President’s Speaker Series.

"Dr. Grandin is the most prominent name in the field of autism," said series coordinator Dr. David Baskind. "The fact that Delta College is able to bring a speaker of this caliber to our area is a great gift to the community."

Dr. Grandin is an American professor of animal science at Colorado State University and a consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior, welfare and handling equipment design, as well as a distinguished author and speaker on autism.

For 30 years, Dr. Grandin has been playing a lead role in the push for animal welfare reform in the cattle industry, and her work in this field has led to two inventions used throughout the industry today.

Dr. Grandin obtained her bachelor's degree from Franklin Pierce College and her master's degree in Animal Science from Arizona State University. After these accomplishments, she continued her education, receiving her Ph.D. in Animal Science in 1989 from the University of Illinois.

Furthermore, she is the most accomplished and well-known author with autism in the world. In 2010, Time magazine listed her as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. She has been featured on NPR and 20/20 as well as People magazine, and she gave a TED Lecture title "The World Needs ALL Kinds of Minds." Dr. Grandin has authored more than 400 articles and six books, including two national bestsellers.

She was the subject of the HBO movie "Temple Grandin" that starred actress Claire Danes as Temple Grandin. The 2010 film won seven Emmy awards and the Golden Globe award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television. The movie chronicled her life story as a teenager and how she began her career.

In 2017, Dr. Grandin was inducted into The Women’s Hall of Fame and in 2018 she was made a fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Today, Dr. Grandin is a professor at Colorado State University where she teaches courses focused on livestock behavior and facility design.

"Dr. Grandin's appearance has generated greater advance interest than any other speaker we have ever had," said Dr. Baskind. "Her first-hand knowledge of autism as both a scientist and someone diagnosed with it gives her a truly unique perspective."

Join Us

Join us on Thursday, February 14 as Dr. Grandin will give two talks, one at 10am in the Pioneer Gym and one at 7pm in the Pioneer Gym. Both presentations are free and open to the public.

"We welcome all people interested in hearing her and we encourage people to arrive early to ensure seating," Dr. Baskind mentioned.

To learn more about the event, disability-related accommodations or RSVP that you will bring a class or group of 10 or more people, contact series coordinators David Baskind at 989-686-9374 or or Kim Klein at 989-686-9192 or

President’s Speaker Series

The Delta College President's Speaker Series is funded by the President's office and the Peter and Barbra Boyse Endowment Fund through the Delta College Foundation. Through it the College brings amazing nationally, and internationally, renowned speakers to talk to its students about important issues in the world today. It aims to help broaden knowledge and widen the classroom experience, focusing on civic engagement and challenging the College community to think deeply and to act responsibly.

To learn more about the series or to view past speakers, visit President's Speaker Series for more information.