Award-winning writer, director, Morgan Spurlock fourth speaker for DSS

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Morgan Spurlock, award-winning writer, director and producer known for his immersive explorations of social issues, is the fourth speaker in Penn State’s 2011-12 Student Programming Association Distinguished Speaker Series. Spurlock will speak at 8 p.m. on Monday, March 19 in Schwab Auditorium at Penn State’s University Park campus.

Spurlock’s first feature length film, “Super Size Me,” played in more than 100 countries, changed school lunch programs across the nation and eliminated "super size" options from the world’s largest fast food chain. It won best directing honors at the Sundance and Edinburgh film festivals, as well as the inaugural Writers Guild of America documentary screenplay award and an Academy Award nomination for best feature documentary. Spurlock also wrote and starred in his first network television series, the critically acclaimed FX program 30 Days. The show, which ran for three seasons and dealt with such polarizing issues as the minimum wage, prison reform, abortion, and gun control, garnered awards from groups such as the Sargent Shriver Center for Poverty Law, the Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the Muslim Public Affairs Council, the Center for a Commercial Free Childhood, and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

His latest film, POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. A documentary about branding, advertising, and product placement, the film was funded by branding, advertising, and product placement. Showing up at interviews in a suit blatantly promoting the film's sponsors, Spurlock points out the ubiquity of branding in our daily lives.

The event is free and open to the public but tickets are required for admittance. Tickets will be available to students -- two issued per I.D. -- Tuesday, March 13, and will be available to faculty, staff and the general public Thursday, March 15, based on availability.

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

Last Updated April 19, 2017