Frank Warren is the sole founder of the PostSecret Project, a growing collection of
artful secrets, mailed to his home on postcards. His first book, PostSecret: Extraordinary
Confessions from Ordinary Lives (ReganBooks), is a New York Times best-seller. He
followed it up with My Secret: A PostSecret Book, The Secret Lives of Men and Women:
A PostSecret Book: and his most recent, A Lifetime of Secrets: A PostSecret Book. In 2009, he released a PostSecret
book focusing on religion and spirituality, PostSecret: Confessions on Life, Death, and God, which reached #1 on The
New York Times best-seller list. The PostSecret website (which has received more than 450 million hits) has been
awarded six weblog awards including "Best American Blog" and "Blog of the Year" since 2006. In 2012, Frank was
honored by the Webby Awards as "People's Voice" for "Net Art." His traveling exhibition of PostSecret cards was
described by The Washington Post as "one of the five best art shows in 2005."
Every month, over seven million people visit the award-winning PostSecret website, which has helped raise
hundreds of thousands of dollars for the National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-SUICIDE.
The Lacks Family has enthralled university and library audiences
across the country talking about their mother, grandmother and
great-grandmother, Henrietta Lacks, and her important contribution
to science. The international success of Rebecca Skloot's New York Times bestseller, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, has left people keenly
interested in the Lacks Family and Henrietta's legacy. In their appearances,
members of the family share what it meant to find out - decades after
the fact - that Henrietta's cells were being used in laboratories around the
world, bought and sold by the billions. Appearances by the Lacks Family put
a personal face on big issues such as the dark history of experimentation
on African-Americans, the birth of bioethics, legal battles over "informed
consent" and whether we control the stuff we're made of and should be
allowed to share in the profits.
Talking Baseball and Beyond
Featuring Dwight Gooden, Bobby Valentine
and author Ellis Henican. Sponsored by The Graham Foundation of Connecticut Inc.
Already Performed this Season
"Talking Baseball and Beyond" will be an interviewstyle
event that intimately explores the careers and
personalities of two former baseball stars, Dwight
Gooden and Bobby Valentine. Ellis Henican, Pulitzer
Prize-winning author, Fox News commentator and
writer of Doc: A Memoir will provide thought-provoking
questions that will offer attendees a greater insight into
the minds and careers of two of the most interesting men
to ever wear a New York Mets uniform.
Former Major League manager Bobby Valentine was
named executive director of Intercollegiate Athletics at
Sacred Heart University in February of 2013. Baseball
fans might best know Valentine from his stints managing
the Texas Rangers, New York Mets and Boston Red Sox
in the majors and the Chiba Lotte Marines of Japan's
Nippon Professional Baseball League, or from his work as
a baseball analyst for ESPN in 2009 and 2010.
At age nineteen, Dwight Gooden was baseball's pitching
phenom, thrilling New Yorkers and fans everywhere.
Nicknamed "Doc" for his surgical 98 mph fastball, he was
named Rookie of the Year, was the youngest player to
appear in an All-Star game, received the Cy Young Award
and guided the New York Mets to a World Series victory...
his first of three World Series rings. After a long battle
with drug addiction, Gooden, a dedicated father of seven,
is clean and working with at-risk children and adults.
Ellis Henican is a columnist at Newsday and an on-air
commentator at the Fox News Channel. He is author of
three recent New York Times best sellers: Home Team with Saints coach Sean Payton, In The Blink of an Eye with NASCAR legend Michael Waltrip and Damn Few with
Navy SEAL legend Rorke Denver.
50th Celebration Event
Already Performed this Season
Chris Herren, a 6'2" guard from Fall River,
Massachusetts, scored 2,073 career points while at
Durfee High School. A Boston Globe and Gatorade
player of the year, Herren received numerous
awards and honors during his high school career
including being named to the McDonald's All
American team in 1994. Recruited by the top
Division 1 programs in the country, Chris chose
Boston College only to break his wrist during his
first collegiate game. Sidelined by his injury, Herren
failed several drug tests and left Boston College. He
continued his college career at Fresno State where
he led the nation in assists and steals.
Drafted in the second round of the 1999 NBA Draft,
Chris played for the Denver Nuggets his rookie year
prior to being traded to the Boston Celtics in 2000.
As a Celtic, Chris had a career high 18 points against
Dallas and then suffered a season-ending injury.
After being released from the Celtics, Chris played
basketball overseas in five countries: Italy, Poland,
Turkey, China and Iran.
Chris struggled with substance abuse for much of
his basketball career. Alcohol- and drug-free since
August 1, 2008, Chris has refocused his life to put
his sobriety and family above all else.
Together You Can Do Anything!
Already Performed this Season
Rick Hoyt uses a wheelchair. That has not stopped
him from living a very full and amazing life. He,
along with his dad, Dick, have formed "Team Hoyt"
and they have competed around the world in
marathons and triathlons.
The Hoyts have competed in over 1,090 athletic
events in the last 34 years. They have run in 70
marathons - including 31 times in the Boston Marathon. They
have also competed in 252 triathlons, six of them Ironman
Dick, 73, is a retired lt. colonel, having served in the military
for 35 years. Rick, 51, is a graduate of Boston University with
a degree in special education. Rick was born in
1962 as a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy
and a non-speaking person - but despite these
disabilities, Rick's mind and spirit have always
been strong. His family supported his quest for
independence and inclusion in community, sports,
education and the workplace, culminating with
his graduation from Boston University.
Dick travels the country doing corporate and
community presentations, educating the public
about disability awareness, and promoting the Team Hoyt motto,
"Yes You Can." Through his presentation, Dick shares his lifelong
commitment to changing attitudes and educating others on the
world of disabilities.