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Speaker disputes autism ‘epidemic’

By From page A3 | November 07, 2012

R. Richard Grinker, professor of anthropology, human sciences and international affairs at The George Washington University, will discuss “Culture and Autism: Anthropological Perspectives on the U.S., Korea, and South Africa” during the next UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation.

His lecture will take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the institute’s auditorium at 2825 50th St. in Sacramento.

Grinker, an anthropologist and father of a child with autism, is the author of “Unstrange Minds: Remapping the World of Autism,” published in 2007. In it, he argues that there is no evidence for an autism epidemic — that today’s high rates of prevalence and diagnosis are evidence that scientists around the world are finally counting cases correctly.

Grinker has served on the faculties of Harvard University, Carleton College in Minnesota and The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. In 2008, he received a KEN Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness for “outstanding contribution to a better understanding of mental illness.”

Cory Golden

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