2019 National AITC Conference

2019 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference: AgVenture in the Natural State

June 18-21, 2019
Little Rock, Arkansas
Marriott Hotel

Keynote Speakers

Temple Grandin


Temple Grandin is a noted animal expert and advocate for autistic populations who has written the books Animals in Translation and Animals Make Us Human.

Born Aug. 29, 1947, in Boston, Massachusetts, Grandin was diagnosed with autism as a child and went on to pursue work in psychology and animal science. She has become a leading advocate for autistic communities and has also written books and provided consultation on the humane treatment of animals. In 2010, HBO released a film about Grandin’s life called ‘Temple Grandin,’ which received an Emmy for best made-for-television movie and actress Claire Danes received an Emmy for best actress in a drama for her portrayal of Grandin.
Dr. Marty Matlock


Dr. Marty Matlock is Executive Director of the University of Arkansas Resiliency Center and Professor of Ecological Engineering in the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department. Dr. Matlock’s research focuses on technologies and processes to increase the resilience of ecosystem services in human-dominated ecosystems. His focus is on the interface of food, water, and community systems. He works with ecologists, engineers, architects, social and political scientists, agricultural scientists, economists, and business leaders to create new understanding and framing of vexing human challenges.