Pinker and Grandin to lecture at UVa-Wise in Colgate Darden Lecture Series
Pinker, a best-selling author and scientist, and Temple Grandin, an animal
scientist who was the subject of an award-winning HBO film have been selected
as the 2012 and 2013 speakers in the Colgate Darden Lecture Series at The
University of Virginia’s College at Wise.
Pinker will deliver the 2012 Colgate Darden Lecture on Friday, Sept. 28, 2012.
the Johnston Professor of Psychology at Harvard and has also taught at Stanford
and MIT. One of the world’s leading
cognitive scientists, Pinker translates groundbreaking research into writing
that is accessible to the general reader.
His most recent book, “The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has
Declined,” was named one of the 100 most notable books of 2011 by The New York
Times. His other works include “The Blank Slate” and “How
The Mind Works,” both bestsellers and finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. Pinker’s acclaimed work on language includes “The
Language Instinct,” “Words and Rules” and “The Stuff of Thought: Language as a
Window into Human Nature.“
native of Montreal, Pinker was recently named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most
Influential People in the World.” Known
for his verve, wit and profound ideas—many of them explained by referencing pop
culture—Pinker helps non-specialists understand the science behind human
thought and action. He is a fellow of
the Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the
Advancement of Science. Pinker has won a
number of teaching prizes and was named among Newsweek’s “100 Americans for the
Next Century.” His research on visual
cognition and the psychology of language has received numerous awards,
including the Troland Award from the National Academy of Sciences.
graduated from Dawson College in 1971.
He received a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology at McGill University in
1976 and earned a Ph.D. in experimental psychology at Harvard University in
1979. In 2006, Pinker received the
American Humanist Association’s “Humanist of the Year” award for his contribution
to public understanding of human evolution.
Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, Temple Grandin will deliver the 2013 Colgate Darden
Lecture. Grandin is a professor of
animal sciences at Colorado State University, where she conducts research while
teaching courses on livestock handling and facility design. Her book, “Animals in Translation,” was a New
York Times bestseller. Other popular
books authored by Grandin are “Thinking in Pictures,” “ Emergence: Labeled
Autistic,” “Animals Make us Human,” “Improving Animal Welfare: A Practical
Approach” and “The Way I See It.”
has had a major impact on the meat and livestock industries worldwide,
designing livestock facilities throughout the United States and Canada, Europe,
Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and other countries. In North America, almost half of the cattle
processing facilities include a center track retaining system that she designed
for meat plants.
was born in Boston and diagnosed with autism as a child.
obtained a bachelor’s degree at Franklin Pierce College in 1970. In 1974, she was employed as livestock editor
for the Arizona Farmer Ranchman and also worked for Corral Industries on
equipment design. In 1975, she earned a
master of science degree at Arizona State University for her work on the
behavior of cattle in different squeeze chutes.
Grandin was awarded a Ph.D. in Animal Science from the University of
Illinois in 1989.
has written several hundred industry publications, book chapters and technical
papers on animal handling, plus 63 refereed journal articles in addition to ten
a consultant, Grandin has worked with Cargill, Tyson, JBS Swift, Smithfield,
Seaboard, Cactus Feeders and many other large companies. Her company does design work for many ranches
and has led to work with companies such as Wendy’s International, Burger King,
Whole Foods, Chipotle and McDonald’s Corporation, where she has trained
auditors regarding animal care at processing plants.
lectures are free to the public and will take place in the David J. Prior
Convocation Center at UVa-Wise. The lectures are part of the college’s Colgate
Darden Endowed Lecture Series.
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