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Chances are, few Americans regularly consider the treatment of animals on their way to slaughter. But if we all watched the 2010 HBO biopic Temple Grandin, that might change. Grandin radically altered how livestock is treated nationwide based on her extensive research in animal neurology, but when she speaks at Sixth & I, she won’t discuss the bovine brain: She’ll discuss her own and how autism affects it. Diagnosed at the age of 5, when an autism diagnosis could be enough for an individual to be institutionalized, she became an advocate for those like her, working closely with parents and scientists to understand the disorder. Seeing Grandin live comes with the added benefit of no editing. She’s incredibly blunt and unafraid to talk about whatever issues are on her mind, be it the benefits of neurodiversity, celibacy, or the death penalty. You’ll learn a lot from Grandin, but her unabashed enthusiasm and impeccable Western shirts will have you appreciating the woman just as much as you appreciate her work.
Temple Grandin speaks at 7:30 p.m. at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. $12. (202) 408-3100. sixthandi.org.