Post Secret Preview: Will you share yours?

By on September 14, 2011

If you are one of the millions of people worldwide who get unconventionally excited for Sunday mornings, you probably already know what this will be about.

Frank Warren and the Post Secret community will visit Quinnipiac for the first time on Sept. 20. According to the official website, Post Secret is “an on-going community mail-art project, in which people mail in their secrets anonymously on a homemade postcard.”

For the past six years, new secrets have been posted on the website every Sunday morning.

Warren will serve as Quinnipiac’s keynote speaker for one of the many events during Diversity Week. Warren’s anticipated arrival is made possible due to collaborative efforts between Student Programming Board and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

“I suggested Frank Warren because the Post Secret project tends to show people that they aren’t alone in their idiosyncrasies or perceived differences,” said Erin Hodgson, SPB’s culture and diversity chair. “When you get down to the specific secrets that have been included in the book, a lot of them have to do with diversity issues and themes.”

In the upcoming weeks, keep an eye out for postcards throughout campus. SPB encourages all students to grab a postcard, decorate the blank side however they please, and include their secret. Orange boxes will be placed around campus for the secrets to be dropped in, anonymously. SPB plans to display these secrets in a form of our own community art project, possibly a quilt or an original Quinnipiac Post Secret Publication.

According to Hodgson, Quinnipiac can expect a full house on the night of the event. It’s suggested that students arrive early to make sure they get a seat.

“I have always liked the idea of the website and the books. I’m very excited for the event to be coming here because I’m interested to see if the show has changed at all from the last time I went,” junior Alyssa Fine said.

“I’m excited to go to event to feel closer to the student body. I feel like someone might go up there and say something I can relate to and I will feel like I know them better,” junior Jill Underwood said.

Warren will give background about how it all began, show some secrets that never made it into the books, some personal favorites, and tell stories as well as some secrets of his own.

Students will also be given the opportunity to share their own secrets over the microphone.

“The Post Secret event I went to last year was pretty amazing. We heard some really great stories, but I love the part where people were able to step up to the mic and speak their thoughts. I feel like people opening up and sharing their own stories will create an even stronger Quinnipiac Community,” junior Jillian Pedrani said.

Post Secret books will be on sale, cash only, throughout the event. Warren will also be available for book signings at the end of the show.

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