Common Reading Experience

Common Reading Experience Events

Thinking in pictures book coverThe Common Reading Experience book selection is Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism, by Temple Grandin. Temple Grandin, Ph.D., is a gifted animal scientist who has designed one third of all the livestock-handling facilities in the United States. She also lectures widely on autism, because Grandin herself is autistic, thinking, feeling, and experiencing the world in ways that are incomprehensible to many of the rest of us.

Read the book and join the conversation!

All events are free and open to the public, except the picnic lunch.


September 10, 7 p.m.
Life-Long Learning, Answering Your Questions about Autism
Fort Lewis College, 130 Noble Hall

cowMid-September to mid-November, Wednesdays, 5:30-6 p.m.
Radio program, Making a Difference
Hosts: Erik Juergensmeyer and others
KDUR Community Radio 91.9/93.9 FM

September 16, 7 p.m.
Panel discussion, A First-hand Look at Autism
Panel of people affected by autism
Durango Public Library

September 22, 6 p.m.
Film, Temple Grandin, starring Claire Danes
Pine River Library

September 29, 7 p.m.
Film, Temple Grandin, starring Claire Danes
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Durango

September 30, 7-9 p.m.
Lecture, Helping Different Kinds of Minds Solve Problems
Public Lecture and book signing with Dr. Temple Grandin
Tickets are not required. Doors will open at 6:30 pm for FLC students with ID and at 6:40 pm for the public.
Fort Lewis College, Whalen Gymnasium

October 1, 11:30a.m.-1:30p.m.
A Picnic to Celebrate our Humane-ity
Join Temple Grandin, the Environmental Center, and Real Food Challenge at FLC for a Picnic to celebrate Temple's work to promote a system-wide shift to more humane practices within the food industry. Our menu will feature humanely-raised meats, seasonal local produce, fair foods, and ecologically-sound products.
Tickets will be sold at the Fort Lewis College Environmental Center: $10 for community members; $7 for students.
Student Union Quad

October 7, 7-9 p.m.
Panel discussion, Animal Sentience and Human Interactions
Panel and discussion
Fort Lewis College, Student Union Ballroom

October 14, 4 & 7 p.m.
Film, Temple Grandin, starring Claire Danes
Fort Lewis College, Vallecito Room, Student Union


FLC contact:
Cynthia Dott

Community contact:
Kathleen Adams