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Temple Grandin

  • Hillview Middle School Performing Arts Center 1100 Elder Avenue Menlo Park, CA, 94025 United States (map)

Sure to be the highlight of the youth season at Kepler's Literary Foundation, join us to meet Dr Temple Grandin, one of the world’s most accomplished and well known adults with autism. She has a PhD in animal science from the University of Illinois and is a professor at Colorado State University. She is the author o twelve books on autism and animal behavior, including the national bestsellers Thinking in Pictures and Animals in Translation. Dr Grandin was inducted in the National Women’s Hall of Fame and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people of the year and the HBO movie based on her life, starring Clare Danes, received seven Emmy Awards.

In Calling All Minds, Temple Grandin explores the ideas behind questions like how to make a kite fly, why golf balls have dimples, or how to make a kaleidoscope. She delves into the science behind inventions, the steps people took to create and improve upon ideas as they evolved, and the ways in which young inventors can continue to think about and understand what it means to tinker, to fiddle, and to innovate. And laced throughout it all, Temple gives us glimpses into her own childhood tinkering, building, and inventing.

More than a blueprint for how to build things, in Calling All Minds Temple Grandin creates a blueprint for different ways to look at the world. And more than a call to action, she gives a call to imagination, and shows  that there is truly no single way to approach any given problem -- but that an open and inquisitive mind is always key.

Calling All Minds shows young readers that no matter how their mind works, they can contribute something important and wonderful to the world. 

Earlier Event: May 30
Mark Oshiro with Nina LaCour
Later Event: June 4
Pamela Druckerman