PostSecret Project creator, Frank Warren, next Distinguished Speaker

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Frank Warren, creator and curator of the enormously popular PostSecret Project: A collection of over 500,000 highly personal and artfully decorated postcards mailed anonymously from around the world, displaying the secrets people can never voice is the third speaker in Penn State’s 2012-13 Student Programming Association’s Distinguished Speaker Series. Warren will speak at 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 3 in Alumni Hall of the HUB-Robeson Center at Penn State's University Park campus.

Warren's first book, PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives is a New York Times best-seller. He followed it up with My Secret: A PostSecret Book, The Secret Lives of Men and Women: A PostSecret Book, and his most recent, A Lifetime of Secrets. In 2009, he released a PostSecret book focusing on religion and spirituality, PostSecret: Confessions on Life, Death, and God, which reached No.1 on the New York Times best-seller list. The PostSecret website has been awarded six weblog awards including “Best American Blog” and “Blog of the Year” since 2006. In 2012, Warren was honored by the Webby Awards as “People’s Voice” for “Net Art”. His traveling exhibition of PostSecret cards was called by the Washington Post, “One of the five best art shows in 2005.”

As a result of the recurring theme of suicide in the postcards he receives, Warren has become involved with the National Hopeline Network's 1 (800) SUICIDE prevention effort. He allowed the band The All-American Rejects, which performed at Penn State Behrend last spring, to use actual PostSecret images in its "Dirty Little Secret" music video in return for a $2,000 donation to the nonprofit.

Warren's lecture is free and open to the public but tickets are required for admittance. Student tickets are limited to one per student with valid Penn State University Park I.D. and will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. beginning Nov. 27 at the first-floor of the HUB-Robeson Center. Based on availability, tickets will be available to the general public beginning Nov. 30.

Distinguished Speaker Series tickets are available at the following locations and times: Eisenhower Auditorium, corner of Shortlidge and Eisenhower roads, weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; HUB-Robeson Center, on Pollock Road, weekdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Bryce Jordan Center, corner of University Drive and Curtin Road, weekdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., all on the University Park campus; and the Penn State Downtown Theatre Center, 146 S. Allen St., State College, weekdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information about the Distinguished Speaker Series and the Student Programming Association, visit http://spa.psu.edu/events/dss.html.

 

Last Updated November 27, 2012