Secrets to be unveiled at lecture tonight

By Ashley Bochnovich

Students will be offered the chance to share their secrets with a man who’s seen thousands of them tonight.

Frank Warren, creator of the PostSecret project, will speak at Worsham Theater in the Student Center at 8 p.m.

PostSecret began as a community art project in 2004, according to its Web site



Warren asked people to anonymously share their secrets with him on decorated postcards. The project has since evolved into a regularly updated Web site and four books of collections of secrets.

In an interview with NBC, Warren said the objective of PostSecret was to provide a safe, non-judgmental place where people could share what they would not be able to tell even a close family member.

In his lecture tonight, Warren will be sharing never-before-seen secrets that were left out of his first book, according to the Student Activities Board Web site ( He will also be discussing inspirational stories about himself and other lives that have been changed by sending secrets to a stranger.

The idea of PostSecret is unique and gives people the freedom to share their own secrets, said Callie Hanks, cultural arts promoter for SAB, which is sponsoring the event.

“There is inspiration from this project that something small can turn into something big,” she said.

Since 2004, Warren has received more than 20,000 postcards from all over the world, according to a UK news release. The site’s collection ranges from funny facts to humiliating childhood experiences to darker, more guarded secrets.

On top of giving people an outlet to express their secrets, Warren has also donated proceeds to the National Hopeline Network, a suicide-prevention hotline, according to the news release.

Warren is currently promoting his fourth book, “A Lifetime of Secrets,” which he released last month.