Temple Grandin to Speak at Albany's Palace Theatre as Part of College's Centennial Celebration

April 19, 2011

SUNY Cobleskill welcomes acclaimed livestock handling facilities designer Dr. Temple Grandin to Albany’s Palace Theatre on Wednesday, May 4, at 7:00 p.m., as part of the College’s centennial celebration in 2011. Tickets ($12) for this public event can be purchased starting Friday, Feb. 4 in person at the Palace Theatre’s box office (19 Clinton Avenue), Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800-745-3000. Handling fees apply to all Ticketmaster and phone purchases.


Grandin, named last year as one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, is a professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. She has designed facilities located in the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and other countries. Half the cattle in the United States and Canada are handled in equipment she has designed for meat plants.


Diagnosed as a high-functioning autistic child, Grandin is the author of The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger’s, as well as a consultant to the livestock industry in animal behavior. She has appeared on television shows such as “20/20,” “48 Hours,” “CNN Larry King Live,” “PrimeTime Live,” and the “Today Show,” and has also been featured in People, the New York Times, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, and Discover. The HBO film Temple Grandin was a seven-time winner, including as best Made-For-Television Movie, at the 62nd Emmy Awards this past August.


Grandin is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Meritorious Achievement Award from the Livestock Conservation Institute; the Richard L. Knowlton Award from Meat Marketing and Technology magazine; and the Industry Achievement Award from the American Meat Institute. She was recognized by The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association with a Lifetime Achievement Award, and has received honorary doctorates from McGill University, the University of Illinois, and Duke University.


A past member of Autism Society of America’s board of directors, Grandin lectures to parents and teachers throughout the United States on her experiences with autism.


Grandin earned her B.A. at Franklin Pierce College, received an M.S. in animal science at Arizona State University for her work on the behavior of cattle in different squeeze chutes, and was awarded a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 1989.