OMAHA – The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will welcome one of the world’s most well-known advocates for people with autism early next month.
Temple Grandin, a best-selling author who has autism, will be the speaker at this year’s Leonard and Shirley Goldstein Lecture on Human Rights. Her lecture is set for Thursday, March 10 at 7 p.m. in UNO’s Strauss Performing Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Seating will be first-come, first-served, with overflow seating available.
The title of Grandin’s lecture is “Different Kinds of Minds Contribute to Society.”
Grandin has written or co-written nine books on autism. In 2010, Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Her life story was the focus of an award-winning biographical film. She is also a professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University, and has focused her research on developing facility designs and standards that promote humane livestock treatment.
UNO will hold a number of related events throughout the day of Grandin’s visit. Like the lecture itself, each event is free and open to the public. Free parking will be available in the lot directly north of the bell tower.
At 2 p.m., HBO’s Emmy-award winning film “Temple Grandin” will be shown in the Community Engagement Center (CEC room 201).
From 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., a number of organizations will have exhibits and activities on display in the Community Engagement Center, including: Autism Action Partnership, UNO Transitions, UNO SPHRS (Spirituality, Public Health, Religious Studies), UNO’s Office of Disability Services, Partnership for Autism Career Employment, the Buffett Early Child Institute, the UNO Bookstore and UNO Medical Humanities.
The Leonard and Shirley Goldstein Lecture on Human Rights, an event organized and sponsored by the Religious Studies department at UNO, is in its 17th year. The annual lecture series was established by Leonard and Shirley Goldstein to promote understanding of human rights issues at UNO and in the Omaha community.
For more information about the Shirley and Leonard Goldstein Lecture on Human Rights, click here: http://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-arts-and-sciences/religion/community-engagement/goldstein-lecture.php.
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