Actor Sean Astin to speak at Penn State Harrisburg

Sean Astin
Credit: Sean Astin

Actor Sean Astin will visit Penn State Harrisburg at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17. His discussion will focus on his battle with bipolar disorder, mental health awareness, his activism on campus, and more. The event will take place in the Mukund S. Kulkarni Theatre (SEC Building).

Sean Astin is an American film actor, director, voice artist and producer, best known for his film roles in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “The Goonies,” “Rudy,” and “Stranger Things.” He is also the author of the New York Times best-selling “There and Back Again, a Memoir” – co-written with Joe Layden – about his film career, with emphasis on his experiences in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

Astin has served on the board of several nonprofit organizations, including the National Center for Family Literacy. A vocal advocate for literacy, mental health awareness, bi-polar disorder, civic engagement and other issues, Astin is an energetic, passionate speaker who promotes a culture of volunteerism to all audiences.

The event is free and open to the public. To register, visit  

For more information about the event, contact Ali Moyer at [email protected] or Jennifer Smith at [email protected]. Direct media inquiries to Kalisha DeVan at [email protected].

The event is sponsored by the Diversity and Educational Equity Committee (DEEC).