THURSDAY 1/30. Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA. Conway. 7:30 p.m. $15.
For someone who considers words her “second language,” Temple Grandin’s done an awful lot with them. Her books about autism have altered the way doctors and educators approach people on the autism spectrum. Her TED talks about “neurodiversity” have helped rekindle interest in vocational education. Her blueprints for cattle restrainment systems are used in livestock yards everywhere to facilitate a humane approach to slaughter. And, if you caught the 2010 biopic about her life and work, you know that she invented the “hug machine,” a device that calms anxiety in hypersensitive people by applying deep pressure. Grandin appears at Reynolds Performance Hall following the release of her book “Calling All Minds: How to Think and Create Like An Inventor.” Get tickets at uca.edu/publicappearances.