claire-danes-as-temple-grandinBiopic of Temple Grandin, an autistic woman who overcame the limitations imposed on her by her condition to become an expert in the field of animal husbandry. She developed an interest in cattle early in life while spending time at her Aunt and Uncle’s ranch. She did not speak until age four and had difficulty right through high school, mostly in dealing with people. Her mother was very supportive as were some of her teachers. She is noted for creating her ‘hug box’, widely recognized today as a way of relieving stress and her humane design for the treatment of cattle in processing plants, even winning an award from PETA. Today, she is a professor at Colorado State University.

Thursday, February 16, 2017
6:30 p.m.
Theatre at Affinity Living Community; 860 W Baseline Rd Across from King Soopers on Route 7 at Highway 287. Call Pat Brazee at 303-880-9896 if the movie has already started and no one is waiting at door.

Temple Grandin Movie Discussion – Taken from: NAAE Communities of Practice – an online community for agricultural educators from the National Association of Agricultural Educators (lw)

  1. What is one of the first things Temple sees when she arrives at her aunt and uncle’s ranch in Arizona?
  1. What did Temple notice about the cattle’s behavior in the squeeze chute?
  1. What was the first event that set Temple off while at her aunt and uncle’s and how did she regain her composure?
  1. What was Temple diagnosed with at the age of 4? What did they suggest her mother do with her? What did her mother do instead?
  1. What did Temple build while in college to mimic the squeeze chute?
  1. What did Temple have to do to convince the administration to let her keep her contraption?
  1. How does Temple see and remember things?
  1. What do Temple and her new roommate have in common?
  1. What did Temple observe on her first trip to the feedlot and slaughterhouse?
  1. What are flight zones?
  1. What does Temple mean when she says “I believe what’s good for cattle is good for business”?
  1. What does Temple do to put herself in the mind of an animal?
  1. Where else (besides the feedlot) was it suggested that Temple go to observe animal behavior?
  1. What was the first design job that Temple did for John Wayne Red River Feedlot? What did she change from the “standard” way it was designed?
  1. Why do cattle follow curves?
  1. Why were the cattle more willing to enter Temple’s dip than the old one?
  1. What does Temple mean when she says “Nature is cruel, but we don’t have to be”?
  1. How does Temple convince the people at Abbott Slaughterhouse that her plans for the facility will work? What are some of the features of the facility?
  1. Do you think that Temple Grandin believes in Animal Rights or Animal Welfare? Please explain your answer.
  1. What does animal behavior and handling have to do with Animal Rights and Animal Welfare?
  1. How has society changed in treating women equally as men since Dr. Grandin was in college? How has it stayed the same?