World Renowned Dr. Temple Grandin Speaks At Babson College February 6

Thinking Differently: How Autism and a Visual Mind Have Shaped Temple Grandin's Life and Work

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Babson College’s Art & Humanities Division, in partnership with the Dean’s Office, Disability Services and the John D. White Lecture series, are hosting a talk by this year’s Arts & Humanities Foundation Speaker, Temple Grandin, World-renowned animal welfare researcher and leading autism advocate.

On Wednesday February 6, Dr. Grandin will speak at Babson’s Knight Auditorium at 5 p.m. The event will include a Q&A followed by a book signing.

In this candid session, Dr. Grandin will share how, as a person with autism, her brain and her perspectives on the world allow her to see things others overlook. Her ability to think differently has resulted in groundbreaking research in the area of livestock handling and has brought critical insight into the world of people living with autism.

Due to capacity registration for the external community is now closed. Babson faculty, staff, students, and alumni can register by visiting:

Author, advocate, professor, and world renowned designer of livestock-handling equipment, Temple Grandin, speaks globally on both autism and animal science. Currently working as a professor of animal science at Colorado State University, Dr.Grandin is the author of the current best-selling book The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger’s. She has also authored Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships; Animals Make Us Human; Animals in Translation; Thinking in Pictures; and Emergence: Labeled Autistic.

Dr. Grandin has been featured on NPR and major television programs, including the BBC special The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow, ABC’s Primetime Live, The Today Show, Larry King Live, 48 Hours, and 20/20 and has been written about in many national publications, including Time (she was included in the magazine’s annual “2010 Time 100” List of the world’s most influential people), People, Forbes, US News and World Report, and The New York Times. Among numerous other recognitions by the media, Bravo did a half-hour show on her life and she was featured in the best-selling book Anthropologist from Mars. Dr. Grandin's life was also brought to the screen in the award-winning HBO film Temple Grandin, starring Claire Danes.

Temple Grandin’s presentation will serve to frame Babson Colleges Art’s and Humanities Foundation course. A course in which all first year Babson students are required to take, the theme of this year’s AHF 1300 course is “ Nature, Culture, and Progress.” The course will raise questions on "human identity" and the way people exist in the world, addressing questions such as what do people take for granted, and how is "normal" defined? Additionally the course will question how the previously listed assumptions limit people’s perspective on the world, and what can be done to shift these perspectives to allow for true "otherness".

The event will be held Babson’s Sorenson Center for the Arts, whose mission is to foster an environment of creativity and exploration through enhancing the natural synergies between entrepreneurship and the arts. The center aims to produce a student body who understand how creative thinking and the arts can enhance venture ideation, global understanding, and innovation in the real world.

Dr. Grandin’s inspiring and unconventional journey will enrich the Babson College community and its student body along with other audience members by presenting a completely unique view of an inspirational and entrepreneurial journey.


About Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin, Ph.D., is the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world. Grandin earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Franklin Pierce College, a Masters Degree in Animal Science from Arizona State University, and a Doctoral Degree in Animal Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Grandin is also the recipient of honorary doctorate degrees from the Ontairo Veterinary College and Duke University.

About Babson College

Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for Entrepreneurship of All Kinds™. The College is a dynamic living and learning laboratory, where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society -- while at the same time evolving our methods and advancing our programs. We shape the leaders our world needs most: those with strong functional knowledge and the skills and vision to navigate change, accommodate ambiguity, surmount complexity, and motivate teams in a common purpose to create economic and social value. As we have for nearly a half-century, Babson continues to advance Entrepreneurial Thought and Action® as the most positive force on the planet for generating sustainable economic and social value. For information, visit


By Hilary Katulak,, 781-239-4623 | 01/06/2013 07:41

Dr. Temple Grandin Speaks At Babson