Members of the Sacred Heart community has two great program options Monday night with John Sullivan speaking about free software, while Frank Warren, founder and curator of the PostSecret Project, shared some of the hundreds of thousands of postcards he has received from around the world.
Sullivan, who is executive director of the Free Software Foundation in Boston, spoke on the topic “The Future is Open — or Is It?" and about free software. He pointed out that free software involves using computers in a way that is compatible with the values of a free society, not just using software at zero price. Free software can be secure, adaptable, private and free from restrictive digital management practices or obscure end-user license agreements, he said. The Free Software Foundation is dedicated to promoting computer user freedom and defending the rights of all software users. The lecture was sponsored by the Ryan Matura Library and the Human Journey Colloquia Series and was a 50th Anniversary program.
Warren talked about his original project that encourages people to write their deepest secrets down on postcards and send them to his home. The stories are then posted anonymously on his website. This now-global movement has shown how secrets can build bridges between people who might be suffering from depression, abuse and thoughts of suicide. The PostSecret website has received more than 450 million hits and has received a number of awards, including “Best American Blog” and “Blog of the Year.” The lecture was part of the 2013-2014 Student Affairs Lecture Series.