2.26.16 Issue

by Curtis Hutt

On March 10, Dr. Temple Grandin will give the 2016 Leonard and Shirley Goldstein Lecture on Human Rights at UNO in the Strauss Performing Arts Center. Dr. Grandin is a professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University. In addition to having numerous professional accomplishments revolutionizing practices for the humane handling of livestock, she is the world’s most well known proponent for the rights for people with autism. Temple herself was diagnosed with autism at age four. Her amazing life story was the focus of the 2010 award-winning biopic, Temple Grandin. In 2010, Time magazine named her one of  100 most influential people in the world in the “Heroes” category. The title of Dr. Grandin’s lecture is: Different Kinds of Minds Contribute to Society.

The Leonard and Shirley Goldstein Lecture on Human Rights, an event organized and co-sponsored by the Religious Studies department at UNO, is in its seventeenth year. Past speakers include Natan Sharansky, Kenneth Roth and Winona LaDuke. 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. Shirley Goldstein, who famously worked to defend Soviet Jewry, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by UNO in 1996 for her many contributions to the cause of human rights.

The Goldstein Lecture will begin at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m. Seating will be first come, first serve. There will be overflow seating at the Barbara Weitz Community Center where earlier in the afternoon there will be a series of events related to Dr. Temple Grandin’s visit. The film Temple Grandin will be shown at 2 p.m. in room 201, sponsored by the Religious Studies department’s SPHRS initiative and the Medical Humanities program at UNO. Partnership for Autism Career Employ-ment (PACE) will share its services with UNO students and community members as well. Autism Action Partnership, Transitions, UNO Disability Services and the Buffett Early Childhood will also participate.

For more information, contact Staci Geis at sgeis@unomaha.edu or call 402.554.2628.