Our Next Featured Speaker:
FRANK WARREN - “PostSecret and Mental Health: Sharing Secrets, Reducing Stigma, Building Community”
February 27, 2019 in the USI Performance Center at 6:00 p.m.
**Seating is first come, first serve. No food or beverages are allowed in the Performance Center.
Frank Warren demonstrates the power of sharing your hopes, dreams, fears and failures and how PostSecret became the catalyst for his passionate commitment to mental health advocacy.
What started as a community mail art project in which people anonymously share never-before-voiced secrets has since captured our collective imagination and evolved into a worldwide phenomenon. Several New York Times best-selling books, national art exhibits and an album and theatrical production later, Frank’s PostSecret website has become the most visited ad-free blog in the world, honored with multiple Webbys for “Best Blog on the Internet.” PostSecret has also raised over $1,000,000 for suicide prevention and earned Frank a Mental Health Advocacy Lifetime Achievement Award. In Frank’s interactive multimedia event, PostSecret Live, he engages audiences with the inspiring, funny and at times heartbreaking stories behind the secrets. As he delves into how the project led to his ardent involvement in suicide awareness, Frank demonstrates that by sharing our personal struggles, we can help each other and release our burdens.
Kelsey Timmerman - "Where Am I Eating? An Adventure Through the Global Food Economy"
September 12, 2018
America now imports twice as much food as it did a decade ago. Kelsey shows how our eating habits impact the lives of the people who produce our food, touching on topics such as workers' rights, global food insecurity, fair trade, slavery, and immigration. Kelsey does not argue for or against the globalization of food, but personalizes it by observing the hope and opportunity, and sometimes the lack thereof, which the global food economy gives to the world's poorest producers.
Jamelle Bouie - "The Civil Rights Movement Today: A Second Redemption?"
September 27, 2017
Jamelle Bouie is the chief political correspondent for Slate Magazine. Recognized for his reporting from the front lines of the Ferguson protests following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in 2014, Bouie’s writing on the unrest and racial issues earned him a spot on Forbes’ 2015 "30 Under 30 Media list”. Bouie is a frequent media commentator and regularly contributes to CBS News’ “Face The Nation.”