At 7 p.m. Sept. 24, Rainn Wilson, also known for his famous character as Dwight Shrute from the hit TV series, "The Office," spoke for Washburn's Lecture Series in the White Concert Hall. The event was open to students as well as any public. There was a suggested donation of $5 or 5 cans for Can Emporia. Wilson spoke about his childhood and the struggles of his life as an aspiring actor.
His main focus during his speech was on his company, SoulPancake. SoulPancake is a media brand; for example, it produces the YouTube famous, "Kid President" videos. Its purpose is to encourage and inspire. Wilson wanted a brand representing hope which is something people do not always see now.
Wilson discussed how he grew up in Seattle, practicing and learning the religion of Bahai. Wilson's parents would invite random people over to their house to talk about Christ and religion. Wilson was inspired by his high school theatre teacher and moved to New York to act in college. He changed his lifestyle to bohemian and left his Bahai religion behind him.
As he got older and felt empty inside, he went on a spiritual journey where he read and learned many different religions. Eventually he ended back up at the Bahai religion and is practicing it to this day.
After Wilson's talk, he had a Q&A with a few students who were mainly asking about advice or religion. A book signing followed, and Wilson would only sign copies of his books.