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2019 Dole Leadership Prize: Dr. Temple Grandin

December 11, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Dole Institute of Politics will honor advocate for autistic persons and Professor of Animal Science Temple Grandin with the 2019 Dole Leadership Prize.

“Temple Grandin is a trailblazer,” Dole Institute Director Bill Lacy said. “She not only overcame widespread ignorance about autism and helped lessen the stigma around it, she used the challenges she faced to bring an entirely new perspective to how domestic animals are cared for and treated.”

Grandin will receive the 2019 Dole Leadership Prize at the Dole institute of Politics on Wednesday, December 11 at 7:00 pm following a question and answer session.

Diagnosed with autism at the age of two, Grandin did not speak until she was four. Despite her childhood doctor’s belief that she was brain-damaged, a common misunderstanding in the 1940s, she went on to earn a degree in psychology from Franklin Pierce College in 1970, a master’s degree in animal science from Arizona State University, and her doctorate in animal science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1989. Today she teaches courses on livestock behavior at Colorado State University and consults with the livestock industry on facility design, livestock handling, and animal welfare. She is also a tireless advocate for autistic persons. Grandin fights for “neurodiversity,” opposing the idea of a “cure” for autism.

This program is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

The Dole Leadership Prize is awarded annually to an individual or group whose public service leadership inspires others. The award includes a $25,000 cash award. Previous winners of the Dole Leadership Prize include Nelson Mandela, former Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko, former Polish President Lech Walesa, Congressman John Lewis, former Secretary of State James Baker, and former Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

Accessibility: Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend University of Kansas sponsored events. If you require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this event, please contact the Dole Institute of Politics at least four business days prior to the event date by calling (785) 864-4900 or emailing To learn more about accessible offerings at the institute, please click here.

Parking: The Dole Institute is located in KU’s West District, just west of the Lied Center of Kansas. Plentiful free parking is available in the adjoining lot. No permit is required.

Video: A free live stream of this event will be available through the institute’s YouTube channel. Following the conclusion of the program, the event will be archived to YouTube. If any technical issues occur, the video will be re-uploaded within two to three business days.


December 11, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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