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November 29, 2016



'Thinking in Pictures' author, autism spokesperson Temple Grandin presents 175th Landon Lecture

By Communications and Marketing

Kansas State University will host Temple Grandin, world-renowned autism spokesperson and livestock industry expert on animal behavior, for the 175th Landon Lecture at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, in McCain Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

Grandin, a professor of animal science at Colorado State University, will present "Successful Education of Students with Different Kinds of Minds," which will touch on multiple areas of her expertise, including teaching.

"Dr. Grandin's phenomenal mind has helped shape United States' animal welfare practices and how we think about people on the autism spectrum," said Jackie Hartman, the university's chief of staff and director of community relations. "She truly is a global leader in multiple fields, and it is a privilege to host her for this milestone in the Landon Lecture series."

Grandin showed signs of autism at an early age and self-describes her unique thought process as thinking in pictures. In addition to a successful teaching career, she is an accomplished livestock equipment designer and an effective animal welfare advocate. In 2010, Grandin was among Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People" in the hero category. She is one of the authors of "Emergence: Labeled Autistic" and the author "Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism," both which inspired the 2010 HBO film "Temple Grandin" starring Claire Danes.

Since 1966, the Landon Lecture Series, named in honor of former Kansas governor and political leader Alfred M. Landon, has invited global leaders to share thoughts about national and global issues. The lecture series has hosted U.S. presidents, Supreme Court justices, national and global political leaders, and many other prominent figures.