ULS hosts PostSecret creator Frank Warren

He’s known as “the most trusted stranger in America” for providing a platform where individuals post their darkest secrets online – and he’s coming to USF with some of those secrets to share.

Frank Warren will speak at the University Lecture Series (ULS) in the Marshall Student Center (MSC) Ballroom tonight at 7 about his Web site PostSecret.com.

The lecture will include a multimedia presentation where Warren will share some of his best secrets and discuss how the idea for his site came about, said Cindy Greenwood, assistant director for the Office of Student Programs.

Warren’s lecture will last for about an hour followed by a 30-minute question and answer session, she said. Warren will be available after the event to sign books.

“The signing will only be for people who have books. So people can bring their own books with them or they can purchase them (at the event),” she said. “The (USF) Bookstore also will be there with books for people to buy, but people won’t be able to go through the line to have him sign their program.”

Because of an expected high turnout, ULS decided to create two separate entry times: one for USF students with their student IDs and one for non-students. Students will be able to enter the MSC Ballroom at 6 p.m., while non-students can enter at 6:30 p.m.

There will also be a live feed of the lecture in the MSC Oval Theater for attendees unable to find seats in the Ballroom.

Warren was chosen from a list of 30 speakers that students were voted on last year, Greenwood said.

“He’s been in the talks of people that we’ve wanted for a few years now,” she said. “In the spring semester, we gather suggestions from the general campus and through the ULS Web site.”

ULS is paying Warren $15,000, funded by student-paid Activity and Service Fees. It’s free admission tonight.