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Science on Screen® welcomes Dr. Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin

The Athena Cinema’s welcomes Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University Temple Grandin as its featured speaker for its Science on Screen® Series at the Athena Cinema on Monday, March 2, 2020

The event, “Science on Screen® with Dr. Temple Grandin featuring the film, Temple Grandin, a biopic about her life and work, features a talk by Grandin before the screening of the film beginning at 12:30 pm. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Grandin did not talk until she was three and a half years old. She was fortunate to get early speech therapy. Her teachers also taught her how to wait and take turns when playing board games. She was mainstreamed into a normal kindergarten at age five. Oliver Sacks wrote in the forward of Thinking in Pictures that her first book Emergence: Labeled Autistic was “unprecedented because there had never before been an inside narrative of autism.” Dr. Sacks profiled Dr. Grandin in his bestselling book Anthropologist on Mars.

Dr. Temple Grandin obtained her B.A. at Franklin Pierce College in 1970. In 1975 she earned her M.S. in Animal Science at Arizona State University for her work on the behavior of cattle in different squeeze chutes. Dr. Grandin was awarded her doctoral degree in Animal Science from the University of Illinois in 1989 and is currently a Professor at Colorado State University.

Science on Screen® began in 2012 as a series with the aim of pairing feature films and documentaries with acclaimed scientific experts and technological innovators. Science on Screen® events are relative and engaging, offering dynamic speakers and industry-specific subject matter experts in an unexpected and often unplugged platform in a way that is accessible to a diverse audience. The Athena Cinema has one of the longest-running funded Science on Screen series in the country. It’s one of only three theaters in the nation that has hosted the program for eight seasons.

 “We are excited to participate in our 8th season of Science on Screen,” says Alexandra Kamody, Director of the Athena Cinema. “Hosting Temple Grandin is definitely a dream come true for us.”

Doors open at 12 noon for seating and free pizza will be shared in the lobby until 12:30 pm. The screening of Temple Grandin will be a sensory sensitive screening, with house lights lit above its normal levels and sound levels set to a lower level.  

Science on Screen is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theater, with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Free admission is provided by Arts for OHIO.

Grandin will also appear as the featured speaker at OHIO’s Frontiers in Science Lecture on the same day, March 2, 2020 at Baker University Center Ballroom at 7:30 pm. This event is also free and open to the public.