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Dr. Temple Grandin, a professor of animal science at Colorado State University and authority for improving the welfare and handling of farm animals, will visit Northwest on Feb. 15. (Submitted photo)

Dr. Temple Grandin, a professor of animal science at Colorado State University and authority for improving the welfare and handling of farm animals, will visit Northwest on Feb. 15. (Submitted photo)

Jan. 5, 2018

All tickets reserved for Lemon Lecture featuring Temple Grandin

Updated Feb. 7, 2018

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Dr. Temple Grandin, a professor of animal science at Colorado State University who has established herself as a pioneer and globally recognized authority for improving the welfare and handling of farm animals, will deliver Northwest Missouri State University’s 2017-18 James H. Lemon Lecture.

The lecture is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, in the Mary Linn Auditorium at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts, and all tickets for the event have been reserved.

People attending the lecture are advised to park in lots 59 and 60, located north of the Ron Houston Center.

In addition, Grandin will tour livestock facilities with agricultural sciences at Northwest’s R.T Wright Farm, and she will participate in an afternoon talk with special education and recreational therapy students at Northwest. 


About Temple Grandin

Kenton Wilcox, the chair of the Distinguished Lecture Series Committee and an English instructor at Northwest, said Grandin appeals to a diverse audience, and her evening lecture, titled “Developing Individuals Who Have Different Kinds of Minds,” will issue a challenge that educators – and everyone with a stake in education – ought to take seriously.

“What would have happened to her if she had been a child in today’s schools? Would she have been diagnosed earlier, but as a result of her diagnosis, weeded out of her school, robbed of the opportunity to develop, to build a successful career, to make her contributions?” Wilcox said. “Dr. Grandin will help us see what we may do to demonstrate that we value the minds of people who see the world differently.”

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Grandin’s achievements are more remarkable because she was an autistic child, who, at age 2, had no speech and all the signs of severe autism. Grandin spent hours in speech therapy and intensive teaching – while being cruelly teased as a teenager – and found mentors in a high school science teacher and aunt who motivated her to study and pursue a career as a scientist and livestock equipment designer.

Grandin obtained her bachelor’s degree at Franklin Pierce College in 1970. In 1975, she earned a master’s degree in animal science at Arizona State University, and she completed her Ph.D in animal science at the University of Illinois in 1989.

As a result of her extensive work, half the cattle in the U.S. and Canada are handled in equipment she designed. She developed animal welfare guidelines for the meat industry and consulted with companies on animal welfare. She has published hundreds of industry publications, book chapters and technical papers on animal handling, alongside 73 refereed journal articles and 12 books.  Her book, “Animals in Translation,” was a New York Times best seller, and she also has a popular TED Talk.

She also has received numerous awards and accolades, including recognition in Time magazine’s 2010 “The 100 Most Influential People in the World.” In 2011, she was inducted into the Cowgirl Hall of Fame, and, in 2015, she received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Farm Bureau Federation. An HBO movie about Temple’s early life and career with the livestock industry received seven Emmy awards, a Golden Globe and a Peabody Award, and, in 2016, Temple was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

For more information about Dr. Temple Grandin, visit


Funding support

The Lemon Lecture is funded through the generosity of Beatrice E. Hanson, who graduated from Northwest in 1936. The program is named in honor of James H. Lemon, her grandfather and a founder of the Fifth District Normal School, which is now Northwest Missouri State University.

Additional support is provided by Northwest’s School of Education special education programs, Northwest’s School of Agricultural Sciences, and the Northwest Missouri Local Administrators of Special Education (NWMO LASE) as well as through gifts to Northwest’s College of Arts and Sciences.

The School of Education offers special education programs, including bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, that allow graduates to teach special education in kindergarten through 12th grades; 100 percent of Northwest students who graduate from bachelor’s degree programs in special education obtain employment or continue their education within six months after graduation. The Master of Science in Education in special education prepares educators to teach students with mild and moderate disabilities in a variety of school settings. Additionally, Northwest offers an online M.S.Ed. program that provides data-driven instruction and innovative evidence-based strategies to prepare graduates for certification. The affordable, 30-hour program offers accelerated seven-week courses that allow students to complete in as few as 12 months.

The School of Agricultural Sciences is among Northwest's largest academic areas with about 12 percent of the University’s undergraduate population enrolled in an agriculture major. The School relocated last fall to the Dean L. Hubbard for Innovation while facilities such as the Horticulture Complex and the 448-acre R.T. Wright Farm – which is home to beef, swine, dairy and sheep enterprises as well as row and forage crops – continue to provide students with hands-on, profession-based experiences. Ninety-five percent of bachelor’s degree earners in the School find employment or continue their education within six months of graduation.

The College of Arts and Sciences consists of the departments of Fine and Performing Arts; Humanities and Social Sciences; Language, Literature and Writing; Mathematics and Statistics; and Natural Sciences.

NWMO LASE serves as the local branch of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), serving more than 20 districts in northwest Missouri and is led by co-chairs Tamara Lynn, a Northwest instructor of professional education, and Laura McComb, a special education teacher in the Maryville R-II School District. NWMO LASE is one of 20 regional groups in Missouri and serves as a unique network of educators focused on improving practices for exceptional learners. 


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