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Events

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Film Screenings

  • Thursday, February 14
    Noon - 1:00
    Multimedia Viewing Room RT 325
    The Boy Inside

    Documents a young boy's struggle with Asperger syndrome. Adam and his family share their everyday challenges and triumphs to provide unparalleled insights into this increasingly common disorder. Includes interviews with autistic children and their families, and features Dr. Temple Grandin, a noted authority on autism spectrum disorders.
  • Tuesday, February 19
    Noon - 1:00
    Multimedia Viewing Room RT 325
    On the Spectrum: A Film

    A documentary about four adults coping with having Asperger's syndrome.
  • Thursday, February 21
    Noon - 1:00
    Multimedia Viewing Room RT 325

    Asperger’s Syndrome: Autism and Obsessive Behavior
    It is the size of the frontal cortex that helps separate the human brain from that of other animals. This part allows humans to communicate, infer meaning, and imagine, all basic to the socialization process. But there is a group of people, primarily males, who lack a small piece of this frontal cortex and who suffer from a mild form of autism. Identified as Asperger's syndrome in 1940, this condition makes them incapable of everyday social interactions. They live in a constant state of anxiety, a result of the phobias that are a part of the disease. This program profiles the symptoms of Asperger's syndrome and what sufferers and their families can do to overcome the limitations that it imposes
  • Thursday, February 28
    Noon - 1:00
    Multimedia Viewing Room RT 325

    Rain Man
    Rain Man tells the story of an abrasive, selfish yuppie, who discovers that his father has left all of his multi-million dollar estate to an autistic brother who Charlie never knew he had.
  • Tuesday, March 4
    Noon - 1:00
    Multimedia Viewing Room RT 325

    At the Gates of Autism: Emerging into Life
    As a child, Dr. Temple Grandin was diagnosed as brain-damaged; doctors today would call her autistic. But her condition did not deter her and, with the help of her mother and therapists, she went on to become an expert in animal behavior, designing livestock handling facilities and teaching as an assistant professor at Colorado State University. Much of her expertise with animals comes through lessons learned from her own condition. This program provides the rare opportunity to hear an autistic person discuss her condition and how she deals with life. Dr. Grandin offers many insights into the motivations behind autistic behavior and how parents, teachers, and therapists can better work with autistic children
  • Thursday, March 6
    Noon - 1:00
    Multimedia Viewing Room RT 325

    Autism: The Child Who Couldn't Play
    This program presents an overview of autism and an update on the latest research in its treatment, with an demonstration of techniques used at the Princeton Child Development Institute.
  • Tuesday, March 18
    Noon - 1:00
    Multimedia Viewing Room RT 325
    On the Spectrum: A Film

    A documentary about four adults coping with having Asperger's syndrome.
  • Thursday, March 27
    Noon - 1:00
    Multimedia Viewing Room RT 325

    Autism
    The video describes the world of autism by looking at three autistic people including Temple Grandin, a young girl and a teenage boy. Temple is a savant and now teaches veterinary medicine and has invented a cattle pen that is based on her experiences as an autistic child.
  • Tuesday, April 1
    Noon - 1:00
    Multimedia Viewing Room RT 325

    Rain Man
    Rain Man tells the story of an abrasive, selfish yuppie, who discovers that his father has left all of his multi-million dollar estate to an autistic brother who Charlie never knew he had.

Brown Bag Faculty & Guest Speakers

  • Autism and the Brain by Dr. Jeffrey R. Dean
    Professor and Chairperson, BGES
    Thursday, March 20, 2008, noon - 1pm
    Library first floor
  • Imagine...Amazing Me! a book by Libbi Chilia
    by Dr. Anthony Menendez and Libbi Chilia
    Tuesday, March 25, 2008, noon - 1pm
    Library first floor
  • Friendships and Autism: A look at the social lives of people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) by Dr. Colleen McMahon
    Associate Professor, Psychology
    Thursday, April 3, 2008, noon - 1pm
    Library first floor

Presentations by previous brown bag speakers

Displays

  • A Different Kind of Journey: The Paintings of Seth Chwast
    Through Feb. 29th, 2008
    Library First Floor
    Seth Chwast's prints, notecards and t-shirts can be purchased online at www.sethchwast.org

For more information about events, please call 216-875-9734

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