Not All Great Minds Are The Same: Dr. Temple Grandin at Star Hall May 30, 6PM

May 30, 2023

Back of Beyond Books is excited to be part of Great Minds Are Not All The Same, the Moab Museum’s event with Dr. Temple Grandin at 6pm, Tuesday, May 30, 2023 at Historic Star Hall.

The third week of May annually brings recognition to critical and endangered heritage breeds in order “to protect endangered livestock and poultry breeds from extinction.” In celebration of the Livestock Conservancy’s International Heritage Breeds Week, Moab Museum has spent time this month highlighting Heritage Breeds important to early agriculture in Southeastern Utah. Dr. Grandin’s visit will cap off this recognition of Heritage Breeds as she highlights the importance of Heritage Breeds and small farm operators. Tickets for this event are $45/non-members and $25/members.

About the Presenter: Dr. Temple Grandin is a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University.  Facilities she has designed for handling livestock are used by many companies around the world.  She has also been instrumental in implementing animal welfare auditing programs that are used by McDonalds, Wendy’s, Whole Foods, and other corporations. Temple has appeared on numerous TV shows such as 20/20 and Prime Time.  Her books include: Thinking in Pictures, Livestock Handling and Transport and The Autistic Brain. Her books Animals in Translation and Visual Thinking have been on the New York Times Bestseller List. Temple was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in September 2017 and in 2022 was named a Colorado State University Distinguished Professor.

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We know, we know. You're on the edge of your seat for this week's staff pick. Well, here it is! This week, a review of Marian Engel's "Bear," from Matthew!

"Bear"
By Marian Engels

"Lou is a young librarian commissioned with inventorying an old colonel's estate. Upon her arrival at the family's island, she's prepared for a quiet summer, perhaps unearthing family secrets. She's not prepared for a bear. In the shed & on a leash, but that doesn't last long as Lou develops a connection, first with "it," then "him." And then, her own leash loosens. Everyone tells you "Bear" is that controversial 1976 Canadian novel with bestiality. What surprised me was how many other things it's about. How someone learns to love solitude, as something different from loneliness. How to love yourself, tenderly, after being taught (or forced to learn) love as an aggressive force. It's also about legacies, and settler colonialism, and deploys irony to explore it in the most fascinating ways. It's very funny, too within its 122 pages. And in its short time, it never renders any easy metaphor about the wilderness, which is brilliant."

- Matthew
 
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